I have always loved to know more about the Latin Language. While most people hold the idea that Latin is outdated, I have something to say about that. The Latin language was quite powerful many years back but not anymore. I do not know if I should call it a coincidence or something but all the people I interact with always have the same question, “why is the Latin language considered dead?” Would you like to know some secret truths about the Latin language?
Here we go!
The fact that Latin is no longer any man`s native language is just one of the reason why it is considered dead or extinct. This situation has remained the same over a millennium. Shockingly, the so-called Latin experts can’t even hold a tête-à-tête in Latin fluently.
Saying a few sentences in Latin is such a challenge to many, even the simplest ones like an inflated tire. Over a century, American Universities stopped insisting on knowing the Latin language in order to be admitted. Worse still, high and prominent institutions using Latin mottos, for instance, Harvard, Chicago universities among others no longer set Latin as one of the admission requirements. The few Latin teachers available know how hard it is to secure a job position for the same language as it is no longer a requirement.
Latin language roots
The Latin language came to Italy back in 1000 B.C.This was after some Indo-European immigrants who originated from Northern Europe came to Europe. It started as a native language of a minute region known as Latium on Tiber River. It did not take long before it started spreading to Italy larger parts & the Roman Empire.
Eventually, the Latin language managed to suppress Spain, Gaul and Italy dialects. The non-Indo-European language – Etruscan from Central part of Italy affected the original Latin language.
A Celtic dialect from the Northern part of Italy also influenced Latin. During the growth of Roman Empire, the Latin Language was a political cohesion tool of the Italians & other communities around Rome who as a result started to lose their dialects. From what you have read, Latin was highly upheld then unlike today when it is considered dead.
Why is Latin considered dead?
One of the key reasons behind Latin’s unpopularity is because there are no native speakers left unlike before when it was an international language and had gained so much attention in ancient Rome. It was the king of world languages then.
Although some people still use the language shallowly, there are no natives. It is said that Latin was affected by languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, French & Italian the Romance languages. The said languages integrate tenses, grammar & certain details known to be from Latin.
Latin didn’t prevail due to its complexity. Almost every word has an underlying mood, gender, number, person, aspect, voice, case and tense and that the biggest challenge. Although considered dead, Latin still lives due to its dominance in early science, literature and medicine. That is why it will never become extinct. It is part and parcel of world`s history.