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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

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UrBoiChipsAhoi

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/d770

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dansmisterdans

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Talca

And it looks like you’re ready for battle.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dcarl1

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WulfgarGoodread

Except for Romanian. Romanian still declines.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/InternetPerson69

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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