Living Language (Classification) a language that still has native, first-language speakers

Living Language is a term in Comparative Linguistics that commonly means "a language that still has native, first-language speakers." (See also: ISO 639-3 Individual Language Types). This term belongs mainly to the broader category called Classification.

Website definitions of Living Language

Source: ISO 639-3 (

"Types of individual languages"

Living languages: A language is listed as living when there are people still living who learned it as a first language. This part of ISO 639 also includes identifiers for languages that are no longer living.

SIL International Contributors, "ISO 693-3: Types of individual languages," accessed August 12, 2023, [Visit]

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PsychLing Contributors. "Living Language." PsychLing, OMNIKA Foundation, 18 Sep. 2023, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.


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PsychLing Contributors. "Living Language." Las Vegas, NV: OMNIKA Foundation. Created September 18, 2023. Modified September 18, 2023. Accessed December 10, 2023.


APA Dictionary

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

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