In sum, we can see from this progress of Latin that trendiness, traditional purism and technology are all, in their different ways, capable of killing a language.I found the site because of this Simplicissimus Latin course based on the Mass. I'm trying to figure out if I could use it as a supplement to my highschooler's Latin course next year.
Ultimately, the many threads in the 2,500-year history of a dominant language beggar summary, but I have distinguished three themes that can stand as lessons for modern linguists. Firstly, discrimina: language survival depends on community coherence. Secondly, vicissitudines: translation and contact can be enriching for a language. And thirdly, strages: trendiness, traditional purism and technology can kill even the most deep-seated of linguistic traditions.
I have a book around the house called The Classical Tradition by Gilbert Highet that goes into a lot of detail about what our Western culture owes to the Greeks and Romans. I skimmed through it last summer but am looking forward to reading it again this summer.