How do people know how to pronounce dead languages? Are there rules?
Does a French speaker’s spoken Latin resemble an English speaker’s?
I’m assuming there’s no possible way of knowing what is or isn’t a correct pronunciation, as everyone who ever spoke the tongue is dead, and there hasn’t, AFAIK, been an organized method of universal pronunciation before the 19th century.
The church has carried on speaking Latin to some degree, but has there been an appreciable level of consistency? As far as pronunciation, is my guess as good as theirs?