Language family: Isolated language
Geographical use: the province Kuzistan in Iran
Information: Extinct language, spoken from 3000 BC to 1000 AD. Elamitic is the language of old Asian kingdom Elam. Elam was strongly influenced by the nearby Sumerians and because of that it started to write down its language around 3000 BC in a semi-pictographic writing that is called Proto-Elamitic. Around 2300 BC this writing was replaced by the Sumerian cuneiform script. Despite many occupation by a.o. the Babylonians, the Elamites maintained their own language. The Assyrian rule in the 7th century BC partly ended this. Until the 4th century BC their written language was only used for administrative purposes. According to Arabic texts their spoken language was still used until the 10th century AD.