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Introduction: Dead Languages, Extinct Languages, Endangered Languages What do Latin, Sanskrit, Coptic and Hebrew have in common Smart alecks are quick in their repartees that these are sophisticated languages that never fail to impress when quoted. In fact, Latin finds its way in Harry Potter movies and most people look up to personalities who mouth Latin as astute, cultured or even venerable…
Most universities carry Latin mottos. Harvard's is Veritas (Truth). Another univesity has Veritas Liberabit Vos (The Truth Shall Set You Free) and the University of Chicago proudly banners its own motto which is "Crescat scientia vita excolatur". Whether their students know its meaning is of no bearing . Latin and the rest of them cannot be extinct because somehow they still find some use, such as in sacred rituals or liturgies, in scientific or legal functions or even as mottos. Dead languages can still be revived as what happened to Hebrew which already was on the verge of being extinct and was almost replaced by Aramaic but had been successfully revived to become a spoken language by majority of Jews. Even Sanskrit is being redeemed from oblivion by residents of the Indian hamlet of Mathoor (Kushala). The Coptic language of Egypt continues to be utilized as the liturgical language of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and many Coptic Christians want it revitalized. Latin is at the moment used in Roman Catholic Tridentine masses and law, and medical students have to study the meanings of so many Latin phrases.
Aramaic , on the other hand, is on the verge of becoming an endangered language. ...
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