16 thoughts on “Latin Is a Dead Language”

  1. I guess the situation would be like if black ebonics speakers gradually evolved into a different language. However, with mass communication like radio and TV, it’s more difficult for a language to evolve into something else. In the case of Latin, it gradually became Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian.

    Perhaps, since Latin originate in Italy, Italian is really a newer form of Latin, you know, like Modern English compared to Old English.

    isn’t it weird Spanish and Portuguese could evolved into seperate languages over such a minor physical distance. It would be like speakers in Nevada and Utah developing different languages. Then again though, no mass communication existed in the middle ages. Few people traveled past their village.

  2. quote from Robert L

    Anyway, the last native speaker (Yes, native speaker) was born in Hungary in the 1860’s. Died around 1940 or so. He was a Classics prof at a top US university. It was his first language, and he was more comfortable in Latin than in any other language. Many folks don’t realize this, but Latin had been nearly a native language in parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (with a certain section of the upper class) for a very long time.

  3. The middle ages were full of ignorant dip-shits 😆 , but at least there was no ethnic confilct. The medevil world had nothing to offer, so immigrants didn’t want to go. Anyhow, there was no mass transit to get them there anyways. Also few people learned to hate anyone cause nobody ever traveled past thier village, except for dare-devils.

    There was ethnic conflict, but only with armies. No immigrants or anything.

    1. The culture of the people was never threatened cause there was no radio or TV etc.. There was no way for anyone to know about any culture beyond their village except via books and storytelling, and few people could read.

      1. There wasn’t much culture for most people outside of surviving intermittent starvation and plagues so you could make to your elderly years (40’s).
        I don’t know how she came up with it or the efficacy of the claim, but Barbara Tuchman wrote in her book on the 13th century A Distant Mirror that a French serf had a vocabulary of about 500 words.

        1. My guess is they didn’t need more words. Their lives were limited to the hovel and the field. It seems crazy, but if you think how limited the life of medieval serf was it makes more sense.

        2. Better screw cause your libel to die of disease tommorow or get masscared by an invading army. Better do it now!

          On another subject, Isn’t if funny that people with such a short life span, still had time to hate Jews and Gypsies. Well, Muslims I could understand maybe considering all the viscous war.

    2. There was enough ethnic conflict with the Jews and Gypsies. For another example, the original Prussians weren’t even Germanic but related to the Lithuanians. There were lots more.

  4. quote by Hasdrubal

    My guess is they didn’t need more words. Their lives were limited to the hovel and the field. It seems crazy, but if you think how limited the life of medieval serf was it makes more sense.

    Excuses, excuses 😆 Exterminate the white retards before they reproduce, and immigrate to the living space of a superior race.

  5. I presume you want an answer based on ‘raw’ knowledge, that is, without looking up on the internet. Latin has been a dead language for a long time. I think even during the Roman empire, classical Latin was a language that only the educated elite spoke, and even they probably spoke in their own dialects at home. It really depends on where you want to draw the line between classical Latin and vulgar dialects, but classical Latin as we know it has not been spoken as a native language for at least 2000 years. I’m quite sure the language spoken in Roman marketplaces was quite different from what 19th century classics professors would present their obscure papers in.

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