Extinct Language (Classification) a language that lost all of its native, first-language speakers in the last few centuries

Extinct Language is a term in Comparative Linguistics that commonly means "a language that lost all of its native, first-language speakers in the last few centuries." (See also: ISO 639-3 Individual Language Types). This term belongs mainly to the broader category called Classification.

Website definitions of Extinct Language

Source: ISO 639-3 (https://iso639-3.sil.org)

"Types of individual languages"

Extinct languages: A language is listed as extinct if it has gone extinct in recent times. (e.g. in the last few centuries). The criteria for identifying distinct languages in these case are based on intelligibility (as defined for individual languages).

SIL International Contributors, "ISO 693-3: Types of individual languages," accessed August 12, 2023, https://iso639-3.sil.org/about/types. [Visit]

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PsychLing Contributors. "Extinct Language." PsychLing, OMNIKA Foundation, 18 Sep. 2023, psylng.org/glossary/term/extinct-language. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.


PsychLing (2023, September 18). Extinct Language. Retrieved from https://psylng.org/glossary/term/extinct-language

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PsychLing Contributors. "Extinct Language." Las Vegas, NV: OMNIKA Foundation. Created September 18, 2023. Modified September 18, 2023. Accessed December 10, 2023. https://psylng.org/glossary/term/extinct-language.


APA Dictionary

APA Contributors. "APA Dictionary of Psychology." Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Accessed September 14, 2023. https://dictionary.apa.org. [Visit]


Crystal, David, ed. A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. 6ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2011.


Internet Archive Contributors. "Wayback Machine." San Francisco, CA: Internet Archive. Created October 24, 2001. Accessed July 21, 2023. https://web.archive.org. [Visit]

ISO 639-3

SIL International Contributors. "ISO 639-3 Registration Authority: International Standard for Language Codes." Dallas, TX: SIL International. Accessed July 28, 2023. https://iso639-3.sil.org. [Visit]

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