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Dead languages by Edwin Gindleshit - Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:24:31 EST ID:uDveC9em No.12186 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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What is the best way to learn relatively obscure dead languages? I'm interested in learning either Coptic or Koine Greek (or both?) for religious study, though I'm largely lacking in resources. I've found some Coptic PDFs around the internet and a scan of Introduction to Sahidic Coptic, but that doesn't seem like enough to successfully learn how to read Gnostic scriptures. And I don't have any resources at all for Koine. Does anyone here know anything about these?

I'm also interested in Mesopotamian stuff, but Akkadian and Sumerian seem like they'd be more difficult to learn.
CrazyFolksTribe !loJSOMZg0g - Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:41:29 EST ID:9vh6DtR9 No.12187 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Not sure, but I guess it would be best to find somebody else who has an intense interest in these old, largely unused languages and work with them.

On a related note, I'm hoping to learn a local American Indian language like Seneca one of these days. It's not dead but very few people speak it anymore. Pointless? On a worldwide scale, you betcha. But wouldn't it be fun to speak some obscure language that the vast majority of people don't even know ever existed?
Polly Clackleforth - Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:46:29 EST ID:uDveC9em No.12188 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've been interested in learning Nahuatl or Inuktitut before, just because they're very interesting linguistically. I've never found enough resources for those, either, beyond some basic online lessons and a dictionary for Nahuatl, and absolutely nothing useful for Inuktitut. I don't see what use those languages would have, anyway.
Polly Hepperson - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:11:01 EST ID:3/vKtA34 No.12189 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Buy some books.
Shitting Sammlechudge - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:38:46 EST ID:uDveC9em No.12190 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Do you think I'm made of money?
CrazyFolksTribe !loJSOMZg0g - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:45:17 EST ID:QHuF45VI No.12191 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Steal or pirate some books.
Sophie Podgemud - Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:27:51 EST ID:gEvP3DAh No.12192 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It will be hard to do outside a university
Hannah Collerforth - Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:59:09 EST ID:tT1C4yzV No.12194 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Nigga pls. Also, a lot of people who are serious about Greek will tell you to start with Attic.
Shitting Sammlechudge - Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:37:35 EST ID:uDveC9em No.12196 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Do you know any books that I can steal or pirate?

Well it's good if it isn't obscure. I didn't know I'm supposed to learn Attic first, though. I really don't know anything about Greek, I just want to read the New Testament in its original language.
Nobody - Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:35:58 EST ID:60ieSg2M No.12201 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I dont know how intent you are, but I start here for Koine: http://biblehub.com/interlinear/matthew/1-1.htm
Cornelius Pogglestone - Sat, 11 Jul 2015 01:37:45 EST ID:9SkHanPW No.12218 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Attic is pretty awesome, but koine is what you want. Attic is overly difficult with its combination of extensive conjugation and "tone" combinations and it is really more useful for classics.
Ebenezer Fommerfield - Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:18:34 EST ID:aAB26HBT No.12269 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Hey anon, I'm a classics minor at my university, and in my opinion, you should learn attic. It's more difficult than Koine for sure, but when you learn it, Koine will be pretty easy to get used to and read. It's sort of similar to learning Classical Latin like Cicero and Vergil wrote in and then going on to read Vulgar latin like the Vulgate is written in. It just makes it easier, and you get a larger selection of classic works to enjoy.
James Clayway - Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:32:27 EST ID:uyEVv9RZ No.12281 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Charlotte Haffingstock - Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:39:34 EST ID:RJkFDRdS No.12745 Ignore Report Quick Reply

>learning Coptic



Learn that inside out.

Then, with the assistance of: http://www.tyndalearchive.com/TABS/crum/

read whatever. I would start with Biblical texts since you can easily compare them with languages you know and the style is relatively simple. Commentaries would be hard to find online but a translation serves just as well as a commentary, or better, as long as you don't rely on it too much. Memorize words you regularly look up, etc, and voila, you sort-of know Coptic (sort-of know is the best most people can hope for in dead languages tbh)
Cyril Pecklefuck - Mon, 29 May 2017 16:02:33 EST ID:5OQHSoWk No.12817 Ignore Report Quick Reply
By that logic I should be focusing on Quranic Arabic instead of Egyptian.
Almost everyone who actually interacts with the Arab world said that Egyptian was the better starting choice
Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Mon, 05 Jun 2017 04:35:22 EST ID:bqvF7HID No.12818 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Look for what ever you need here:

Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:28:07 EST ID:bqvF7HID No.12820 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I would imagine that turnover on this board is slow. However, I posted two separate .zips of Coptica at my current cloud service. I don't think that I'm allowed to post direct links, so please follow the Paste Bin link, here:

Charlie of the Chans !!kWjRhGF5 - Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:16:13 EST ID:bqvF7HID No.12841 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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These links are still active.
Edwin Weddlemin - Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:55:27 EST ID:3U+IF4Ig No.12859 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Hey OP, I'm a grad student in the Classics. I am pretty good at Attic and Latin, and I've got some good news: free resources for learning both abound. I know you said you are more interested in learning Koine, but I think the real reason to start with Attic is simply that the learning tools are more accessible and available. You can absolutely learn outside of school, so long as you have discipline! All it'll take is about 30 minutes - 1 hour a day, every day for a year or so and you'll be reading in no time.

Pick any starting Attic textbook (I used Hanson & Quinn as a beginner; there are however literally hundreds of great places to start) and after that just download pdfs of "intermediate readers" like Geoffery Steadman's (google him -- his stuff is all free) until you feel comfortable reading!

Good luck!

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