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  • n. a language which is still spoken in the contemporary period, as opposed to a dead language


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  • I came across this from 1731 page ii

    "There are many Languages not reduced to any Rules of Grammar to this Day ; and before Mr Alex Gill Ben Johnson and Dost Wallis few undertook any Thing of this Nature for the English Tongue ; and one may almost dare to affirm the same of the German and other Languages of Europe and indeed it is a difficult Task to confine a living Language to Fetters and Chains which will assert its Liberty in Spight of Criticks and Grammarians "

    March 12, 2013