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Vulgar Latin


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Vulgar Latin or Sermo Vulgaris was an hypothetic nonstandard form of Latin spoken in the Mediterranean region during and after the classical period of the Roman Empire. It is from Vulgar Latin that the Romance languages developed; the best known are the national languages Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, and French. Works written in Latin during classical times and the earlier Middle Ages used Classical Latin rather than Vulgar Latin, with very few exceptions. Because of its nonstandard nature, Vulgar Latin had no official orthography. Vulgar Latin is sometimes also called colloquial Latin, or Common Romance. In Renaissance Latin, Vulgar Latin was called vulgare Latinum or Latinum vulgare.
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