Classical language

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A classical language (/ˈklæsɪkəl ˈlæŋ(g)wɪʤ/) is a language that meets certain subjective criteria regarding its antiquity and existence of literature.[1]

In a western context, "the classical languages" (i.e. with the definite article) refers to the dead languages of Latin and Ancient Greek, which have significantly influenced English, but worldwide would also include Classical Chinese, Classical Arabic, and Sanskrit.

English generally fails to meet these criteria as although there is a substantial body of English literature, it fails the antiquity criterion. This may change in a few hundred years or so...

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