So I was wondering, does Latin taught in schools today add/borrow content words to/for its lexicon for things that weren't around (like computer, LED etc.) when Latin was natively spoken? And also, are these words simply borrowed, or do they undergo changes in pronunciation and morphology that one would normally observe in a language that is natively spoken? Also, does Latin spoken by the Pope add/borrow content words? etc... same questions...

Does this edit clarify what Latin I'm asking about?

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    Sure. How could the Pope talk about thermonuclear warfare and the internet in Latin without Latin terms for them? There's an office for that in the Vatican.
    – jlawler
    May 2, 2015 at 17:49
  • I can't think of any schools where modern Latin is taught.
    – fdb
    May 2, 2015 at 21:51
  • If you can precisely define what "modern Latin" is you'll surely immediately find your answer. But what counts as "modern Latin" is a matter of opinion.
    – curiousdannii
    May 3, 2015 at 8:34
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    @robert This site is explicitly not about debate. It is about Q&As. Questions need to be well scoped and potentially definitively answered. "Is UG an adequate model?" would be closed. "What arguments do UG supports use?" is a good question. This question needs to be more precise in what it considers "modern Latin".
    – curiousdannii
    May 4, 2015 at 3:16
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    This question is better placed on the (new) Latin Language Dec 30, 2016 at 14:01

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Insofar as Linnean binomial nomenclature is in Latin and they are cooking up new names all the time, yes, and apparently it is expanding to galaxies. Here is a list of Latin computer terms (English to Latin translation). As with English, there isn't a single pronunciation (< principi > = [printʃipi, printsipi, priŋkipi]), so expect variation. For example, this newscast is Latin filtered through Finnish phonetics.

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