During the last twenty years, Latin has experienced a revival, numbering some 5,000 speakers all over the world, many of whom are in their twenties. Many sites and forums are now maintained in Latin. Ever since Antiquity, Latin has always been a spoken language. Unlike other ancient languages, Latin has never experienced any break in its speaking tradition, always producing new literary works and developing new vocabulary
The question of the pronunciation of Koine Greek is a very sensitive one, since many pedagogical, emotional and identity factors are involved in this topic. Two main options are available for the student who wishes to pronounce an ancient Greek text: the historical and the modern one.
The benefits of teaching ancient, no-longer spoken languages, using communicative methods have recently been recognised and implemented modestly in teaching Biblical Hebrew. The typological closeness of Biblical and Modern Hebrew can result in negative crosslinguistic influence from Modern Hebrew, which could interfere with understanding of the Biblical text. This study attempted to determine what type of linguistic input Biblical Hebrew students with prior knowledge of Modern Hebrew need in order to firstly, acquire Biblical Hebrew and secondly, to prevent negative crosslinguistic influence.
The role of languages nowadays is becoming more and more important, for we live in a more international and interconnected world. And, as a consequence, the field of teaching and learning languages and Second Language Acquisition (SLA) is growing and developing to great extents, trying to adapt itself to the changing world.
However, there are some issues that still persist and need to be paid special attention, like the problem of motivation among the students, specifically when learning foreign languages
El Banquete es una de las obras maestras de la literatura universal. Es la obra de Platón que más réplicas, parodias y referencias a suscitado, incluso por encima de la República y del Timeo. Grandes escritores de la antigüedad clásica y del Renacimiento han versionado el Banquete: Plutarco, en su banquete de los siete sabios, San Gregorio de Niza, en su Sobre el alma y la resurrección y Marcelo Ficino, en el de amore; son unos cuantos ejemplos de esto.
The Inaugural Lecture at Polis Institute last week allowed Polis students and faculty to gain new insights into the life and survival of the Hebrew language in the past two millennia. Asher Salah, a renowned specialist in Italian-Jewish literature, spoke on how the Hebrew language developed during the Jewish diaspora, in particular in Italy. The […]