here is the link to the story.It is shameful that a lot of foreign people  
believed that the Egyptian language must still be alive while the copts do no  
think except in a very negative way.
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    language’s last  survivors

By Joseph  Mayton
First Published: December 10, 2005          
<IMAGECAPTION>Coptic is a combination of the ancient  Egyptian languages 
Demotic, Hieroglyphic and  
_CAIRO_ ( :  
Considered an extinct language, the _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  language is 
believed to exist only in the  liturgical 
language of the _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  Church in Egypt. 
The ancient language that  lost in prominence thanks 
largely to the Arab incursion into Egypt over  1300 years ago remains the 
spoken language of the church and only two  families in Egypt. 
_Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  is a 
combination of the ancient Egyptian  languages Demotic, Hieroglyphic and 
Hieratic, and was the language used by  the Ptolemaic rulers of _Egypt_ 
(   following the 
spread of 
Greek culture throughout much of the Near East. In  essence, it is the language 
the ancient Egyptians themselves. 
Mona Zaki is one of only a handful of people that  continue to use the 
language in everyday conversation. She speaks a  colloquial form of _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  with her parents 
and a 
few relatives that  dates back 2,000 years. 
“In many ways it helps strengthen my faith,” Zaki  said. “It has really 
helped when I go to church because they still use a  form of _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  for many 
services.” Her 
dialect, however,  differs slightly from the standard _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  that is used for 
study and church  
She does not speak _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  with her 
“I felt that _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  was a worthless 
language to have my  children speak, therefore I did 
not do so when they were young,” said  Zaki. 
_Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  is the 
language of the first Christian  church in history, and when the members of 
the two families that speak the  colloquial form of _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  die, it will be 
the first language 
of the  early Christian churches to become extinct. 
Among those early languages, Aramaic was thought to  be extinct until recent 
history proved otherwise. The language is still  spoken in parts of southern 
Turkey and northwest Syria. Zaki feels it  would be a great loss to _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  Christianity and 
the world if the _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  language is 
totally lost. 
“I hope that the world will come to realize the  importance of _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  in Christian 
” Zaki said. “Egypt  is the first home for a Christian church and that makes 
_Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  truly 
the first language of _Christianity_ 
(   in a sense.”  
“It is sad to think that the language will truly be  dead in the next 100 
years. They are already classifying _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  as a dead 
language in most encyclopedias,”  Zaki 
said. Neither parents used _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  with their 
This is similar to the historical decline of the _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  language. With 
the Arab conquest, 
Arabic  began to be the language spoken in everyday life. After a period of  
religious turmoil in Egypt, _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  leaders decided 
to use Arabic as their main  means of 
conversation in order to show the Arab rulers that they were not  conspirators 
the European Crusaders. 
It is a sad fact that the language will soon go the  way of Latin. 
Copt itself means Egypt. The word Egypt comes from  the Greek aiguptios and 
the Arabic qupt – both of those words were derived  from the _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  language that was 
when each  community ascended upon Egypt.  
_Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  is the 
closest descendant to the spoken  language of the ancient Egyptians. 
Combining the _Greek_ 
alphabet with Demotic, _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  is a unique 
conglomeration of languages.  Despite this fact, 
_Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  has no 
official status in Egypt. The form  spoken in church services differs from Zaki’
s. _Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  is a 
combination of the ancient Egyptian  languages Demotic, Hieratic and 
Hieroglyphic. It was the latest evolution  of the _Egyptian_ 
(   language. 
“My parents passed the language down to me like  their parents did before 
Unfortunately for Copts throughout Egypt, this  process was broken over the 
years,” she said. “I guess I have continued  the destruction of the language 
in many ways by me not passing it along to  my children  
“My parents felt it was an important part of our  heritage and spoke to me in 
_Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  since 
I can remember,”  
Zaki revealed. “Why I didn’t pass on the language  to my children, I don’t 
know.” Zaki says that she often receives strange  looks when she is overheard 
speaking _Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  
on her mobile phone. “People look at me as  if I am an alien and I don’t 
belong. I guess that is what my ancestors had  to deal with,although violently 
some instances,” she said,which is the  main reason that Zaki chose not to 
speak _Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  
with her children. 
“I didn’t want my kids to have to experience the  exclusion that _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  had with me when 
was younger,” she  revealed. “I can remember my friends making fun of me 
when I talked to my  parents  
But it is vital to her cultural understanding of  being a Copt in a country 
dominated by _Islam_ 
( .  “It gives me the 
strength to practice my faith despite all the hardship  
that being Christian in an Islamic country has,” Zaki said. 
Some scholars have theorized that some remote  villagers in the Delta region 
of Egypt or in the south of the country may  still speak forms of the _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  language. 
Because many Egyptians live in  small villages away from government control and 
active study by  anthropologists, it is theorized that _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";)  will persist 
despite official 
“It would be _nice_ 
(   to have more 
people speaking _Coptic_ 
("Coptic";) ,” Zaki admitted. 
“It would mean that our  culture 
and way of life will continue in the years to come.”  
That is unlikely considering the evidence. As it is  already considered a 
dead language akin to Latin, it seems implausible  that undiscovered speakers 
_Coptic_ ("Coptic";)  will be 
Hundreds of languages are lost each year as the  remaining speakers pass away.
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