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Indecipherability of Archaic Languages. By: Ashley Williamson B4 2/19/14. What do these terms mean?. Indecipherability: not understandable; incomprehensible. Archaic : words or phrases that are not used as much as they used to be

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Indecipherability of archaic languages

Indecipherability of Archaic Languages

By: Ashley Williamson B4 2/19/14


What do these terms mean
What do these terms mean?

  • Indecipherability: not understandable; incomprehensible.

  • Archaic: words or phrases that are not used as much as they used to be

  • Archaic Language: a language that is no longer used or not used as much


Why are archaic languages usually indecipherable
Why are Archaic Languages Usually Indecipherable?

  • Some of these languages are so old that they have become difficult or unable to translate

  • Few to no native or fluent speakers

  • Through language changes (Old--Middle--Modern)

  • Some are still studied, but they are not spoken on a regular, everyday basis (Latin)


Examples of archaic languages
Examples of Archaic Languages:

  • Old and Middle Dutch

  • Ottoman Empire Turkish (very close to Persian and Arabic)

  • Lithuanian

  • Celtic

  • Eastern Germanic Languages


Archaic words
Archaic Words

  • Gardyloo

  • Puissant

  • Sweven

  • Pismire

  • Ambodexter

  • Contumelius

  • Excogigate

  • Galimaufry

  • Septentrional

  • Twattling

  • Zenzizenzizenzic

  • Cozen

  • Hugger-Mugger

  • Welkin

  • Attercop

  • Equipollent

  • Apricity

  • Dwimmer-crafty

  • Sanguinolent

  • Pizzle


Lithuanian
Lithuanian

  • Most archaic of the Indo-European Languages and very useful for studying Indo-European linguistics

  • Still “alive”, over 3 million speakers



Star trek universe french archaic language
Star trek universe: French Archaic Language?

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/French_language


Sources
SOurCES

http://listverse.com/2011/10/21/20-great-archaic-words/

http://www.lituanus.org/1969/69_3_02.htm

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/French_language

https://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/archaic.html

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/archaic?show=0&t=1393467218


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