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Re: O membranza, sì cara e fatal...

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Sunday, August 27, 2000, 20:29
Leo Caesius wrote:

> So, while Italian is by no means an international auxiliary language, > it has its uses and has left its imprint. Even if we were not to judge > Italian on its many aesthetic and cultural qualities, there would be no > shortage of reasons for which Italian will continue to thrive
No, there's no doubt about that. But I wouldn't be so sure about the "dialects", what are actually distinct languages like Neapolitan or Venetian. I wouldn't be surprised if these languages died out in the next century or so.
> "Languages do not die easily." > And, even if they do die, what's to stop some nutcase from reviving > them and giving them a second life?
This does, of course, assume that there is enough knowledge of what the language was like to even begin such a project. Hebrew is a statistical outlier; very few languages are privileged with such an abundant literature or a people so totally dedicated to reading and learning and understanding it as a language and not just as a conveyor of culture (which it is too, of course).
> My personal thought is that a movement to revive a language has a > better chance to succeed than a movement which promotes a language which was > never spoken (such as our constructed languages).
That's probably true. But neither are terribly likely, for the reasons I mentioned above. ====================================== Tom Wier | "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ======================================