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|Originally Southern Europe and parts of Northern Africa; now also most of America. Official languages of half the countries in Africa and parts of Oceania.|
Countries where Romance languages are official (dark orange) or national/secondary (light orange)
The Romance languages are a language family in the Indo-European languages. They started from Vulgar Latin. The biggest Romance languages are Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Romanian. Name "Romance" for the languages means they originate from a language speaken by Romans.
The area where the Romance languages are spoken in Europe, corresponds well with the extent of the Western Roman Empire. Greek language superseded Latin in Eastern Roman Empire, but Latin survived in Rumania, whose language, Romanian is a Romance language.
All speakers of Romance languages can understand each other to some extent.
- 1 Demographics
- 2 List of Romance languages
- 3 Family tree of Romance languages
- 4 Other websites
The Romance language family is one of the biggest in the world, and in total there is almost a billion first and second language speakers .
Spanish is the biggest Romance language, then Portuguese, and then French.
List of Romance languages
Western Romance languages
Iberian Romance languages
Family tree of Romance languages
|Classical Latin||Vulgar Latin|
|Continental Romance||Sardinian dialects|
|Italo-Western Romance||Eastern Romance|
|Western Romance||Italo-Dalmatian||Balkan Romance|