Definitely.The late Gabriel García Márquez - Wikipedia (“Love in a Time of Cholera”, “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, among many other famous books) is wildly popular in literary circles.He influenced Laura Esquivel - Wikipedia, famous for “Like Water for Chocolate”Also popular in literary circles: Umberto Eco - Wikipedia, who wrote “The Name of the Rose” and “Foucault’s Pendulum”.Khaled Hosseini - Wikipedia , author of “The Kite Runner” (a long term best seller, along with other books):“Hosseini, then aged 15, did not speak English when he first arrived in the United States. He describes the experience as "a culture shock" and "very alienating".On a more adult note, Anaïs Nin - Wikipedia : After being in America for several years, Nin had forgotten how to speak Spanish, but retained her French and became fluent in English.After being in America for several years, Nin had forgotten how to speak Spanish, but retained her French and became fluent in English.Sergei Lukyanenko - Wikipedia, who has long been popular in Russian science fiction/fantasy circles, but became famous with the successful Watch series (“Night Watch”, “Day Watch”, etc.). The series also had a pair of movie adaptations that were blockbusters in Russia, and did reasonably well in the US.Lukyanenko, for one, proves it is possible to be a popular Russian author in English language sales in the US even if one is anti-American in tone.The general rule of thumb appears to be that if the story is great, the market is there, the promotion is strong, and the translator is at least decent, sales will come, regardless of what the original language of the author or book was.
Well I don't accurately remember when but I do remember the word was asymptote(a straight line that continually approaches a given curve but does not meet it at any finite distance)So earlier, the travellers used to carry a diary with them when they travelled to different countries to note down the words of their languageOne such man was the great mathematician G H Hardy's friend(say John)So John and Hardy went to a place near Germany. It was morning and Hardy was sleeping while John was drinking tea in the lawn and observingA woman was walking on the road while a man was following her, after some time she furiously yelled 'asymptote!'John got excited and wanted to know the meaning of the word, he ran to Hardy and tried to wake him up, when Hardy didn't wake up he threw some water on his face and Hardy woke up cursingThey went to the woman to ask her the meaning who spoke some local languageShe told them that it meant 'You can walk with me for as long as you want but don't you dare touch me.’While doing calculations John would always write the entire statement, 'the line approaches the curve till infinity but doesn't meet' which would irritate him but now he got a one word for that, Asymptote
Because English is an inferior language to Latin in every way. I know this because I have written technical research articles in both languages (I have studied Latin composition because it is my language of choice). Technical English is very painful to write, while technical Latin is harder but often a true pleasure to read. An example is Newton's third law of motion [1, page 16].English: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.Latin: Actioni contrariam semper & æqualem esse reactionemI had always interpreted the English as describing three actions (an action, an equal reaction, and an opposite reaction), which does not make sense in terms of conservation of momentum. On reading the Latin, it is clear that Newton's intended meaning was closer to: "For every action there is a reaction of equal magnitude in the opposite direction."Yet the imprecision is not in the art but in the artist. He whose work is less precise is an imperfect engineer, and if anyone's work is able to be most precise, he would be the most perfect engineer of all.Attamen errores non sunt Artis sed Artificum. Qui minus accurate operatur, imperfectior est Mechanicus, & si quis accuratissime operari posset, hic foret Mechanicus omnium perfectissimus. - Isaac NewtonThe preceding quote is from the preface, in the context of astronomers recording the orbits of comets. I think it is also relevant in the context of scholars choosing a language for expositing difficult new and complex theories or discoveries, such as calculus or Newtonian mechanics. PHILOSOPHIÆ NATURALIS PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/...
Has Sanskrit ever been a language of spoken communication?
Sanskrit is reputed to be the original mother-language of all the modern Indian languages today - and is itself part of the proto - Indo-European matrix we allude to today. Sanskrit is thought to be named from the words Sn - Skirta - meaning "elegant" "put together" . Sanskrit is primary the cultural heritage of NORTHERN India. the Tamil legacy of the South Indian heritage & also the related languages of South India are Dravidian in origin. But Sanskrit represents the language of ancient North India, based upon the invading Aryans of the North who subjugated the Dravidian people of the south. Sanskrit was studied so much even after it ceased to be spoken commonly, so it became like ancient Latin - used in schools, academic communication, Hindu religious worship, sacred writings, medicine, and other very formal usages. It became more & more a written language of the academic ELITE and no longer the spoken language of a typical Indian with his family at home or in the street. And Sanskrit probably ceased to be spoken many thousands of years ago. yet the literary importance kept it alive, for scholarship, just like Latin in Europe. the word Aryan is related to the name of Persia today - IRAN - the ancient home of the Indo-european Aryan invaders from the north. Sanskrit was chanted for the Vedas - but the ancient Zoroastrian religion also had its own language - ancient Persian, written in books called the Vedas. This is all before the islamic conquest and the Mogul invasion of India. Sanskrit is certainly a language of formalism & study & represents the ancient Aryans of North India and their heritage. And there will always be an exotic "mystique" and mystery about this language. Just think of the Kama-Sutra & the Ayurvedic medicine books of Sushrita - Samhita. Sanskrit embodies ancient Indian culture & the past can never be demystified, I feel. just like ancient Egyptian & Assyrian language & writing has such a mystique today. The relics of the ancient past will always have an allure.
Have you ever wondered who invented words?
This question can't be answered in 25 words or less. The science of linguistics studies the origin of languages. There are many theories and they're all very complicated. The most common theory is that people first imitated the sounds of the animals, like the animals' warning and mating sounds and then language developed from there. But this is just the tip of the iceberg; thousands of books have been written on this subject.