The Return of the Dead Language or Latin is Back
Latin is about as dead as a dead language can be. Yet on the other hand, it pops up in all sorts of weird and wonderful places, which might suggest that it is not so dead after all.
Latin is a dead language; there is no doubt about that. Nowadays, no one speaks Latin as his native language; and many Latin language teachers are not even capable of speaking fluent Latin. However, the Latin language still plays a vital role in the Catholic Church, in science and in legal situations. Thus, studying and learning the Latin language is significant, and it should be included in school curriculum subjects.
Although Latin possesses significance in the world, it has not been included as one of the required subjects in schools and universities for so many years now. Interestingly, even some prestigious universities like Harvard and the University of Chicago whose motto are obviously both written and publicly known in the Latin language, do not require any knowledge of the Latin language for admission.
If Latin is important and prevalent in human knowledge, why do many language institutions not bother to impart that knowledge to their students? So, why bother?
Latin may be important in so many aspects of human existence, but this language itself is rapidly slipping away from the surface of the world. Hence, people should be properly informed about the essential benefits of learning the Latin language.
It is partly true that the Latin language is partly dead, however, significant authors, especially those that are part of world history such as Shakespeare, Plato and Aristotle are all dead, but we are interested to study about their lives and their works. So, I cannot see any reasons why people would not be interested in studying the Latin language.
Moreover, learning Latin is beneficial; all the Romance languages derive directly from Latin and thus are more easily learnt when one has studied Latin first. The only thing is that, Latin language teachers should be capable enough of teaching other people the Latin language. Since obviously many Latin teachers are not currently fluent in speaking Latin , these linguists may not be effective teaching their students.Is studying Latin helpful for reviving the language?
Most probably, it seems misleading when we hear about reviving a dead language since the last speaker of the Latin language is dead already. In addition, learning a dead language through the help and guide of historical records may not be an effective way for most language students, and thus, giving proper training to Latin language teachers should be a must, and be implemented strictly to Latin teachers who are willing to impart their knowledge to the community.
Latin is a big help in understanding many languages, and thus, learning Latin would be beneficial in learning other languages as well. Perhaps, it may be known to everybody that Latin is pretty much dead in the world, but the truth is that many people donít notice that many of their local words are somehow derived from Latin words. Thus, Latin is still alive but many people are simply not properly aware of it, and thus not interested in learning the Latin language, which makes the Latin quite distinctly dead.
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Charlene Lacandazo works for Rosetta Translation, a leading provider of legal translations, including contract translations.