Historic Language (Classification) a language that is distinct albeit descended from a modern language

Historic Language is a term in Comparative Linguistics that commonly means "a language that is distinct albeit descended from a modern language." (See also: ISO 639-3 Individual Language Types). This term belongs mainly to the broader category called Classification.

Website definitions of Historic Language

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

"Types of individual languages"

Historic languages: A language is listed as historic when it is considered to be distinct from any modern languages that are descended from it: for instance, Old English and Middle English. In these cases, the language did not become extinct; rather, it changed into a different language over time. Here, too, the criterion is that the language have a literature that is treated distinctly by the scholarly community.

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


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

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