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Offline mallu

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What are Latinate languages?
« on: January 01, 2015, 04:49:23 AM »
Here is a question from a PhD Entrance test for Linguistics.
Assetion (i)- Catalan and Spanish are Latinate language
Assertion(ii) - Gothic and Icelandic are Germanic languages.

Are these assertions true.
Hope someone will come out to help. Thanks in advance

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Re: What are Latinate languages?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2015, 06:49:21 AM »
I think "Latinate" is just a synonym for the Italic family, or perhaps more specifically, languages descended from Latin — so perhaps:

Indo-European
> Italic
>> (1) Latinate?
>>> Latin
>>>> (2) Latinate?
>>>>> Catalan, Spanish

Either (1) a synonym for Latino-Faliscan (or even Italic as a whole), or (2) a name for the languages descended from Latin (often also called Romance).
« Last Edit: January 01, 2015, 06:51:39 AM by freknu »

Offline Daniel

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Re: What are Latinate languages?
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2015, 07:12:34 AM »
Really weird way of phrasing it, but in context it seems it's just a synonym for "Romance".

The only time I've seen "Latinate" used is regarding vocabulary (almost? exclusively for English).
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Re: What are Latinate languages?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2015, 08:20:46 AM »
It's a synonym for descending from Latin, i.e. "Romance."
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Re: What are Latinate languages?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2015, 07:18:25 AM »
The assertions are true, by the way :)

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Re: What are Latinate languages?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2015, 11:57:21 AM »
The assertions are both true, but it is an unusual name. I think it translates Spanish "lenguas latinas", which means romance languages, in other words, languages derived from Vulgar Latin. These are Portuguese, Spanish, Galician, Catalan, French, Italian, Romansh and Rumanian, and a couple of extinct languages like Dalmatian.
But in other contexts, it means vocabulary derived from Latin in non-romance languages.

Hope it helps!