Why did Latin become a dead language?
Evolution. After the fall of the Roman Empire, languages evolved into local variants of the Latin tongue, producing our modern Romance languages. (It's technically not completely extinct, since the Roman Catholic Church releases "official" updates to the language every so often.)
It's not really dead so much as...
...all the treasure on the ship has be plundered.
~ Es una desgracia porque el Latin ya no existe.. Pero si entiendes
esto, o si lo traduces, ya tienes una idea que paso con Latin. Es
un idioma fascinante, y el Italiano es como una nueva version de
Latin is an extinct language because there is no one who actually speaks Latin and uses it as their primary mode of communication. So while people can read and write it, there is no one who truly *speaks* Latin anymore. Correction: Latin is not extinct, it's dead. There is a difference. An extinct language is not spoken by anyone. A dead language is spoken as a second language, but not as a first language.
Latin is not dead, exactly. It is still in use, at least within the Roman Catholic Church, both as a written and as a spoken language, and adopts new usages to express new ideas. But its grammar and vocabulary are unchanged since Mediaeval times, and unlikely to change in the future, for which reason it is not exactly a living language, either. Correction: Although Latin is still in use, it is technically a dead language…
It is no one's native language. It is not spoken as a natural language by any population on earth, and it has not been for more than a thousand years. That's what makes it a "dead language." Nevertheless, many people do still learn it. None. Latin is a dead language. Latin is heavily used in science, though.
Latin is not spoken in Latin America. Latin is a dead language. That means it is no one's mother tongue or native language. It was once the language of Rome and the Roman Empire. It was never the language of Latin America. People still learn Latin however; it is one official language of the Vatican. Most people in Latin America speak Spanish but Brazil speaks Portuguese.
It is true that Latin is a dead language. However, the term "dead" simply implies that the language is no longer spoken. As having been a Latin student for several years, I realized that, although it is not spoken, studying the Latin language has many benefits. For example, the language has a definite effect on vocabulary and sentence structure, as well as greatly increasing logical thinking skills. It is also believed to have a great…
Probably gradually from the fifth century through the 8th, Latin evolved into the romance languages of French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian. Changes in language started with the Germanic invasions and settlements in the 4th century. Latin ceased to be spoken in society except in the Roman Catholic church. However, Medieval Latin continued to be used in education, medicine and other fields in Europe until the 18th century.