Dead languages are more than words lost to the ages. They represent entire cultures, civilizations and people history struggles to remember. See how much you know about long-departed dialects and those that are still in danger of extinction.
What percentage of the world's more than 6,000 languages will likely be extinct by the end of the century?
The last native speaker of this Isle of Man tongue died in 1974.
The 2008 death of Marie Smith Jones meant the end of the Eyak language, a native tongue of this U.S. state.
Developed around 3100 B.C.E, this language was one of the first to use cuneiform.
What language did Chaucer use to write his "Canterbury Tales?"
The Ainu people of this nation were prohibited from speaking their native language in 1899.
How many languages are spoken by fewer than 10 people?
What supposedly dead language did Pope Benedict XVI use to announce his resignation?
What once living language was replaced by Aramaic around the year 200?
What ancient Roman tongue was replaced by Latin around the 7th century B.CE.?
What percentage of global languages have died out in the last 500 years?
Which of these languages is NOT found on the Rosetta stone?
How many languages were lost in the U.S. alone in the last 500 years?
What drove the native tongue of the island of Tambora extinct in 1815?
What percentage of global languages have fewer than 100,000 speakers?
Which population communicated in the now-defunct Classical Nahuatl?
How many people speak Welsh, according to a 2012 survey?
What ancient Egyptian language was replaced by Arabic during the 7th century?
The dozen or so native dialects on this island nation went extinct by the late 19th century.
During the 9th century, more than 40,000 people still spoke this now-dead British dialect.