MkO wrote:Rather than Old Norse, why don't you look to supporting people whose language is either going extinct or has gone extinct, with no modern languages descending from it?
I keep hearing this myth bandied about on these boards. The Romance family is not descended from Latin as we know it. It's descended from Vulgar Latin, a very different and seldom written register of the language. Likewise, the Indic languages are not descended from Sanskrit but from various Prakrits, the Arabic languages are not descended from Classical Arabic but various spoken dialects of the time, and modern English is not descended straight from West Saxon but a mixture of different Middle English dialects.MkO wrote:Latin or Church Slavonic are sort of a weird example, considering they have living descendants - the modern Romance and Slavic languages.
Another myth I hear a lot is that Latin = Catholic. But there are many people who study it for other reasons, like students of the classics or archaeology. These people would learn Classical Latin straight from contemporary sources too, not the specialized jargon the Church uses.But establishing a whole community of Latin speakers? That's a bit far-fetched. Besides from the potential of some sort of radical Catholicism, I don't see what possible purpose it could serve.
mōdgethanc wrote:The Romance family is not descended from Latin as we know it. It's descended from Vulgar Latin, a very different and seldom written register of the language.
PS: I don't know how Sumerian uses the ergative case, but that looks weird to me. I would make the creators take the ergative and the computers take the absolutive.
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