Naver Rolls Out A Latin Language Service in Its Online Dictionaries.


Naver Rolls Out A Latin Language Service in Its Online Dictionaries.

Korea’s largest online portal, Naver Corp, stated recently that it has plans to launch an online Latin language dictionary service with over 45,000 entries, jointly with the Catholic University of Korea.

While no one in the world actually relies on the Latin language for everyday usage, there are many Latin phrases and words used in the European languages which include English, French, Italian, and Spanish.


Latin is still used in the creation of new words in modern languages of many different families, including English, and largely in biological taxonomy. Latin and its derivative Romance languages are the only surviving languages of the Italic language family. Other languages of the Italic branch were attested in the inscriptions of early Italy, but were assimilated to Latin during the Roman Republic. The extensive use of elements from vernacular speech by the earliest authors and inscriptions of the Roman Republic make it clear that the original, unwritten language of the Roman Kingdom was an only partially deducible[clarification needed]colloquial form, the predecessor to Vulgar Latin. By the arrival of the late Roman Republic, a standard, literate form had arisen from the speech of the educated, now referred to as Classical Latin. Vulgar Latin, by contrast, is the name given to the more rapidly changing colloquial language, which was spoken throughout the empire. (Wikipedia)

For instance, the user can search up some famous phrases such as “carpe diem” (seize the day), “memento mori” (remember that you will die) or “que sera sera”(whatever will be will be) in Korean pronunciation. Furthermore, the dictionary provides a special Latin character input control panel and the autocomplete feature.

Kim Jong-hak, the cell leader for Naver’s language dictionary unit, said, “As the Latin language is important for students of linguistics, history, and the science of religion, we have gotten so many requests from users to add the feature to our dictionary services. We will try to add more headwords to the Latin dictionary and make it more accurate and user friendly.”

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