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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, Romanian, and Catalan. They are called "romance languages" because they originate from a language spoken by Romans.
The area where the Romance languages are spoken in Europe, corresponds well with the extent of the Western Roman Empire. The Greek language superseded Latin in the Eastern Roman Empire, but Latin survived in Romania, whose language, Romanian, is a Romance language.
- 1 Demographics
- 2 List of Romance languages
- 3 Family tree of Romance languages
- 4 Other websites
Demographics[edit | edit source]
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 widest used Romance language, then comes Portuguese, and then French.
Spanish is mainly spoken in Spain and Latin America. Portuguese is mostly used/spoken in Brazil, Portugal and parts of Africa. French is spoken in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, and in some areas of Africa.
List of Romance languages[edit | edit source]
Eastern Romance[edit | edit source]
Italo-Western Romance[edit | edit source]
Italo-Dalmatian[edit | edit source]
Western Romance languages[edit | edit source]
Gallo-Iberian languages[edit | edit source]
Iberian Romance languages[edit | edit source]
Pyrenean-Mozarabic languages[edit | edit source]
Other[edit | edit source]
Family tree of Romance languages[edit | edit source]
|Classical Latin||Vulgar Latin|
|Continental Romance||Sardinian dialects|
|Italo-Western Romance||Eastern Romance|
|Western Romance||Italo-Dalmatian||Balkan Romance|