Dillon D wrote:
Now by extinct, I'm not talking about something like Latin or Aramaic or Sanskrit. I'm talking about languages so extinct that only a handful of people even know
about them, much less actually speak them. A perfect example of this is Sogdian
, which is why I actually created this topic in the first place.
Let's, from the top of my head without looking at my extensive list of dead, classical and sacred languages, I'd say:
Hittite, Luwian, Tocharian, Elamite, Sumerian, Akkadian, Eblaite, Hurrite, Urartian, Old Persian, Parthian, Gandhari, Tangut, Old Nubian, Polabian, Old Novgorodian, etc.
I'm not sure about all of them (how many people speak them? are most of these people merely experts? is there enough literature for the language to be adequately reconstructed? etc.)
There are also languages, like Ancient Egyptian, of which most people have heard but are only studied by a very few people.