Definition of Dead language

1. Noun. A language that is no longer learned as a native language.

Definition of Dead language

1. Noun. a language which no longer has any native speakers ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dead Language

dead ends
dead fingers
dead first
dead foetus syndrome
dead furrow
dead giveaway
dead hand
dead hand of the past
dead heat
dead heats
dead horse
dead ice
dead in the water
dead key
dead keys
dead language (current term)
dead languages
dead last
dead leg
dead letter
dead letter office
dead line
dead link
dead links
dead load
dead mail
dead man
dead man's brake
dead man's brakes
dead man's hand

Literary usage of Dead language

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)
"up sighing with age as he walked on in a lane among heaps of dead language. His own consciousness of language was ebbing from bis brain and trickling into ..."

2. Of the Origin and Progress of Language by James Burnett Monboddo (1787)
"... may be called a dead language, -whereas what is fpo- ken, is A living language. — The degeneracy af language and other ..."

3. Poems by Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore (1890)
"XVIII dead language. ' Thou dost not wisely, Bard. A double voice is Truth's, to use at will: One, with the abysmal scorn of good for ill, ..."

4. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"... reign of Queen Elizabeth the epitaph first began to assume a distinct literary character. But the prejudice in favor of a dead language still survived. ..."

5. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1890)
"It has the advantage of being a dead language, and so long dead that there would be few mourners to grieve over the horrible mispronunciation and other ..."

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