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The Latin language nowadays can be found in medicine, science, linguistics, mathematics, geography, pretty much any sphere of human knowledge. But a fact is a fact: Latin is dead.
When does a language die? When people stop speaking it. It does not matter what we try to preserve a language: if its speakers do not speak it anymore, it is doomed to disappear.
Latin was no exception, even though it was the dominant language in Europe during the times of the Roman Empire.
It kept a dominant position in Europe as late the 17th century, when it was gradually replaced by French. Documents and books were written in Latin, members of the nobility and clergy were obligated to speak Latin. It influenced basically all European languages in terms of vocabulary and some were even influenced in their grammar (Polish, for example).
The world of language is a dynamic place, and languages, just as people, sooner or later die. No language has immunity to that process.
We currently see English as being the major world language, but how long will that last? There are a number of candidates for the throne, some of which include: Chinese (a major world power, economy and huge population), French (due to French-speaking Africa), Spanish (Spanish is, in fact, the second-most spoken language in the world) or perhaps Hindi and Arabic (due to their population boom)?
It is an interesting and open question, the answer to which we will see perhaps sooner than we think.