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By Mark Walker

What do "quid seasoned quo" and "habeas corpus" suggest? Why do vegetation have Latin names? Why do households, cities, nations, or even soccer groups have Latin mottoes? What do the Latin epitaphs in church buildings say? those are only many of the subject matters coated during this entire consultant to Latin for the layman. With wit and transparent language, the Latin words and phrases that encompass us and compose our modern vocabulary are uncovered and decoded. exciting and informative, this learn proves that Latin is something yet lifeless.

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Hence the fundamental difference between the exiled writer and the ex iled language . " But for the second, banishment is irre pa­ rable. "What l ittle remains today" of the lang uag e shall remain in exile, for there can be no re tu rn to a land whose "wealth" has definitively disappeared . One can c e r ta i nly view the di sc iple s of M ena � em as parti­ sans of a vain will to de fe nd the purity of a langu age that they know they have already l ost. And the assiduous g rammar ians were indee d soon van q u i s hed by the eftl orescen ce of the literature they had so s t re nu o usly soug ht to impede .

Enth centuries. While Varchi limited himself to defin­ ing one state of linguistic "half-life," contemporary sociolinguists have taken pains to distinguish a series of levels of linguistic obso­ lescence, drawing up a whole cast of ghostly tongues. According to many scholars, a tripartite classification is too simple and cannot do justice to the varieties of linguistic decay. "11 But still more elabo­ rate taxonomies of fatality are also found in the literature on tht� subject. It has been argued that there are in fact no fewer than four distinct ty pes of ailing languages, to be classed, according to the increasing gravity of their various troubles, from the "potentially endangered" to the"endangered," the"seriously endangered," and, nnally.

For those who believe in the death of tongues, in any case, the th eo re tic al and practical consequences of the phenomenon seem clear. "19 For some, such techniques function only as long as they are sponsored by larger political establishments, such as the state. Certain sociolinguists claim, therefore, that the maintenance of the well-being of a lan­ guage must be an integral part of the political management of the physiological health of a people. Here the assimilation of linguistic and biological phenomena is often far-reaching in its implica­ tions.

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