Do you Ever think Why Do Languages Die?
Linguists estimate that of the world’s approximately 6,900 languages, more than half are at risk of dying out by the end of the 21st century. Sometimes languages die out quickly. This can happen when small communities of speakers are wiped out by disasters or war.
Languages may die out relatively quickly. A natural disaster, such as an earthquake or volcanic eruption, can wipe out a small group of speakers of a near-extinct language in a short span of time. For example, Dusner is a language that is found in Indonesia. The number of Dunser native speakers fell to the single digits after a flood in 2010 nearly obliterated all the speakers of this language.
Odernity and globalization have strengthened these forces, and peoples around the world now face unprecedented pressure to adopt the common languages used in government, commerce, technology, entertainment, and diplomacy.
Here's some example of dead languages:
1. Hebrew, which died out as a colloquial language in the 2nd century CE (although it continued to be used as a language of religion. The spoken language)age was revived in a modernized form in the 19th–20th century and is now the first language of millions of people in Israel.
2. Coptic is the Egyptian language. It is considered the first language of Christianity. It is an Egyptian language but writing using the Greek alphabet. Moreover, Coptic is the combination of Hieroglyphics, Demotic, and Hieratic languages. As a result, this language is very cool and exciting.
At first, the Arabic language replaced the Coptic language. But Scholars did not accept this language properly. However, in the middle of the seventh century, when Arabs conquered Egypt, Coptic started dying. More than 1500 years old language started dying. Still, People used Coptic as a church language for more than 300 years.
3. Biblical Hebrew is totally different from modern Hebrew. So, there is no confusion with modern Hebrew. Biblical Hebrew is still very much alive. It was the official language of the Israelites. However, it is compulsory in the different public schools of Israel. Though modern Hebrew replaces biblical Hebrew, other biblical elements still exist in modern Hebrew. It is the 4th dead language on this list.
4. Akkadian has usually spoken through Mesopotamia. It is in the 6th in our dead languages list. Although this language is named after the city of Akkad. Akkad was the central city of Mesopotamian. Moreover, this language is older than the founding of Akkad.
The people of Mesopotamia use to speak in the Akkadian language between time 2800 BCE and 500 CE. Later on, the Aramaic language replaced the Akkadian language. Moreover, Aramaic was closely related to the Akkadian language. However, the Aramaic language was more comfortable than Akkadian.