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Comparative Romance Grammar - newer grammar of Latin and the Romance languages, with better navigation and much more info.
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A Note on the Site...
The intention of this site is to provide a dynamic and useful introduction to the Romance languages. These are a number of closely-related languages that form a branch of the Indo-European family whose most recent common ancestor is Latin. Other branches of this family include Celtic (Breton, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, Manx, Welsh), Germanic (Danish, Dutch, English, German, Norwegian, Swedish, etc.), Hellenic (Ancient and Modern Greek), Indic (Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, Sinhalese, Urdu, etc.) and Slavic (Bulgarian, Czek, Polish, Russian, etc.). Romance is sometimes considered the modern subset of the Italic, or Latinic, branch.
The story of these languages is a fascinating one, in no small part due to the endless abundance of documentation throughout the entire history of the Italic branch, unparalleled in any other branch of any language family on earth. Without question, they span the globe, but many of their treasures still hide in the multiplicity of dialects, remarkably inventive urban slang and proudly conservative rural languages.
The five major contemporary languages of this branch are French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish. Among other notable languages and dialects are Catalan (català), Occitan (occitan), Rhaeto-Romance (romontsch), Sardinian (sardu), Corsican (corsu), Galician (galego), Aruminian, Asturian, Auvernhat (Occitan), Campidanese (Sardinian), Extremadurian (Spanish), Friulan (Rhaeto-Romance), Gascon (Occitan), Gallurese (Italian), Ladin (Rhaeto-Romance), Lemosin (Occitan), Logudorese (Sardinian), Macedo-Romanian (Romanian), Nuorese (Sardinian), Provençal (Occitan), Sassari (Italian), Sicilian (Italian), Surselvan (Rhaeto-Romance), Valencian (Catalan), Vallader (Rhaeto-Romance), though I am positive that I have neglected more than a few.
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July 25, 2010