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The expression Living Latin refers to the living use of Latin, a classical language that has often being classified as "dead". There are two main proponents of Living Latin. On the one hand there are those who want to adopt active language usage as a means to make teaching of the language not only more enjoyable, but also more efficient than it has been, drawing from the experience of recent changes in methodology in the area of modern language teaching. On the other hand, there are those who champion a return to Latin as a means of communication among people, mainly from different nationalities, or as an academic language, as it always was throughout the whole history of Europe (from London to Budapest, from Lisbon to Helsinki) until no more than two hundred years ago (cf. Latin language revival). Latin is the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... A classical language is a language with a literary tradition that can be judged as classical. According to George L. Hart: [To] qualify as a classical tradition, a language must fit several criteria: it should be ancient, it should be an independent tradition that arose mostly on its own not... An extinct language is a language which is no longer natively spoken: it is estimated that one natural human language dies every two weeks. ... Language teaching has gone through an important evolution in the recent decades and many different principles have been described. ... An international auxiliary language (sometimes abbreviated as IAL or auxlang) is a language used (or to be used in the future) for communication between people from different nations who do not share a common native language. ... Language revival is the revival, by governments, political authorities, or enthusiasts, to recover the spoken use of a language that is no longer spoken or learned at home. ...


Institutions offering Living Latin instruction include the University of Kentucky or the Fundatio Melissa. The University of Kentucky (also as UK or simply Kentucky) is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ...


The SALVI organization is a proponent of this philosophy, and the Societas Circulorum Latinorum gathers together the many Latin Circles spreading all over the world where Latin speakers meet to speak their language, whereas the Septimana Latina is one of many annual meetings of Latin enthusiasts in Europe conducted entirely in Latin, to name but a few of the activities of the Latin speaking community.


There is even a Latin Wikipedia!


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Living Latin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (178 words)
The expression Living Latin refers to the living use of Latin, a classical language that has often being classified as "dead".
On the one hand there are those who want to adopt active language usage as a means to make teaching of the language not only more enjoyable, but also more efficient than it has been, drawing from the experience of recent changes in methodology in the area of modern language teaching.
On the other hand, there are those who champion a return to Latin as a means of communication among people, mainly from different nationalities, or as an academic language, as it was in Europe from Roman times until the 18th century (cf.
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