The simple answer is, "No, Latin is not a dead language and, just like any other language, will not be until no one alive can read, write, or speak in Latin." That day is a long way off.
I mention this today because of something Greg Burke, Senior Adviser for Communications at the Secretary of State of the Holy See, tweeted this afternoon:
Lingua Mortua? Nondum. @Pontifex #Latin over 250k followers Beats #Germany #Poland; could catch #FranceThe Latin version of the Pope's Twitter handle (@Pontifex_ln) has some 251,000 followers. That hardly seems like a dead language. More people follow the Pope in Latin than follow him in Arabic, German, or Polish. A dead language, indeed.
— Greg Burke (@GregBurkeRome) May 27, 2014
By comparison, here are the numbers for the other language version (as of 2:30 p.m. Rome time):
- Arabic (@Pontifex_ar): 129,000
- English (@Pontifex): 4,090,000
- French (@Pontifex_fr): 272,000
- German (@Pontifex_de): 191,000
- Italian (@Pontifex_it): 1,720,000
- Polish (@Pontifex_pl): 227,000
- Portuguese (@Pontifex_pt): 1,050,000
- Spanish (@Pontifex_es): 5,770,000