I was trying to search for an article on the Web but cannot find from an authentic source.

I want to know when and which language was first formalized and its grammar specified.

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    You might want to clarify what you mean by "formalized" and in what form the grammar is specified, i.e. are you after the first language where the rules of the language were written down (rather than passed on orally)?
    – Steve Bird
    Mar 25, 2017 at 22:36
  • i would say more written down
    – Noor
    Mar 26, 2017 at 0:10
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    – Robert Columbia
    Mar 26, 2017 at 12:12
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    Also seems like it might be more OT on the Linguistics SE site.
    – T.E.D.
    Mar 27, 2017 at 13:37

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The oldest known linguistic description is a Sanskrit grammar by Pāṇini, from maybe 5th century BCE. Wikipedia has a good summary.

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