Speaking of Language

S1E9 – Michael Fontaine – Reviving a Dead Language

April 11, 2018

We all know there are two types of human languages: “dead” ones and “living” ones.  But what would happen if a dead language came back to life, if contemporary people started speaking it, and teaching it?  In today’s episode we interview Professor Michael Fontaine, professor of Classics and Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at Cornell.  He himself is a Latin speaker and teacher.  How does that work?

This episode also references the work of Christophe Rico, of the Polis Institute in Jerusalem.

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