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dead language

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdead languagedead languagea dead language, for example Latin or Ancient Greek, is no longer used by ordinary people living language at living1(1) dead
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dead languageLatin is a dead language.He stared, then said her words himself, the way he'd spoken Latin as a boy. Dead language.There are some who call Yiddish a dead language, but so was Hebrew called for two thousand years.Also included is the artificial adoption of dead languages for nationalistic purposes.He made the dead languages into living literature.
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