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Technically are all Romance languages just severely changed dialects of Latin?

Thats how new languages form anyways, which is why we have a mix of both Germanic and Latin words (mainly from France)

December 9, 2017



Not really. Kinda like saying all Indo-European languages are all dialects of Indo-European. Not really the case since they all evolved and changed to become distinct languages.


Essentialist explanations: http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan/essential.html

  • English is essentially bad Dutch with outrageously pronounced French and Latin vocabulary.

  • English is essentially Anglo-Saxon with all the cool bits taken out.

  • English is what you get from Normans trying to pick up Saxon girls.

  • French is essentially the first syllables of Latin words spoken with a headcold.

  • French is essentially Latin spoken by a drunken Roman soldier.

  • Francophones are essentially Germans speaking the bad Latin they were taught by Gauls.

  • French is essentially Latin forced to comply with destructive sound changes and German influence.

  • French is essentially a language that elides everything that doesn't get out of the way fast enough, and nasalises everything else.

  • Spanish is essentially Italian spoken by Arabs.

  • Spanish is essentially Latin spoken by Iberians, with Basque phonetics.


I read somewhere that a language is a dialect with a cavalry


The difference between a language and a dialect is hard to define exactly - there can't ever be a clearly defined distinction between the two. The original quote is "A language is a dialect with an army and navy", or rather "a shprakh iz a dialekt mit an armey un flot"; a comment on how politics more than linguistics affects which term is used. There's a good Wikipedia article about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_language_is_a_dialect_with_an_army_and_navy


And it looks like you’re ready for battle.


Funny, but no. Grammar is distinctly different. For one thing, no declensions.


Except for Romanian. Romanian still declines.


There is no official way to distinguish between seperate languages and dialects. You could theoretically propose that all languages are all dialects of ancient ape speak.

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