Romance Languages

By |September 3rd, 2010|

The Romance Languages are a group of closely related vernaculars branching out from the Indo-European language family which derives its roots from Vulgar Latin, an Ancient Italic language.

The major Romance Languages are:

Spanish
Portuguese
French
Italian
Romanian
Catalan

There are more than 800 million native speakers all over the world, spread out mainly in the Americas and Europe.

Origins

The resemblance between Romance languages is characterised mainly by their common origin from Vulgar Latin, the popular sociolect of Latin spoken by the lower classes which comprised of soldiers, settlers and merchants of the Roman Empire. It can be differentiated from the Classical form of the language spoken by the […]