How Do Languages Die?


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1. In 2010, a flood suddenly wiped out almost all of the speakers of _____.

2. Lenca and Cacaopera died out as a result of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your understanding of how languages die. With this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll be answering questions on key subjects like an explanation of a dead language and a language destroyed by a 2010 flood.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Multiple-choice questions will cover these points:

  • Dying out of Cacaopera and Lenca
  • Language that died out and then was brought back into use
  • Language abandoned due to bilingualism

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define a dead language
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reason Lenca and Cacaopera died out as languages and a language that died out after a flood in 2010
  • Making connections - use your understanding of dead languages and the connection to bilingualism

Additional Learning

For more on dead languages, you can read the lesson entitled How Do Languages Die? These key areas will be discussed in greater detail:

  • Examples of dead languages
  • Sudden and slow language death
  • Modern languages that are descended from dead ones