Definitions for vulgar latin
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
popular Latin, as distinguished from literary or standard Latin, esp. those spoken forms of Latin from which the Romance languages developed.
Ref: Abbr.: VL 1
Origin of Vulgar Latin:
nonclassical Latin dialects spoken in the Roman Empire; source of Romance languages
The Latin language as spoken by the Roman people, as opposed to Classical Latin as written in formal literature until about 4c.
Vulgar Latin is a generic term of the nonstandard sociolects of Latin from which the Romance languages developed. The word vulgar in this usage comes from the Latin word for common, as Vulgar Latin was the spoken language, and not from the English word meaning disgusting or objectionable. Works written in Latin during classical times 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. The broad term Vulgar Latin should not be confused with the more specific term Proto-Romance, which refers specifically to the theoretical common ancestor to the modern Romance languages, as such Proto-Romance may have been only one of the Vulgar Latin languages and only a very late stage of that language branch.
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