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Vulgar Latin

March 29th, 2009

I think I could also do with a dictionary of Vulgar Latin… occasionally, I come across etymologies of French, Romansh, or other Modern Romance words, but they typically go to Vulgar Latin.

The dictionary I have is of classical Latin, and I think it’s a bit too “pure” for these purposes.

For example, apparently Romansh “pledar” (to speak) comes from PLACITARE, but my dictionary has no entry for that so I’m unsure what it was supposed to mean in Latin.

Or how French “commencer” is said to come from COMINITIARE — also not present.

At least AFFLARE was there (the root for the Sursilvan word for “to find”).

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  1. April 2nd, 2009 at 13:37 | #1

    There is Meyer-Lübke’s “Romanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch” have a stroll for it at
    “Wörterbuch” by meyer-lübke
    .

    Are you doing anything on WHATL anymore? I have some ideas for Galliotic…

    • April 3rd, 2009 at 05:49 | #2

      Are you doing anything on WHATL anymore? I have some ideas for Galliotic…

      My biggest pet project right now is Engadinese (which still needs a proper name); Rhaetian is a bit on the back burner.

      I don’t have any plans for other languages right now, but I think it would be nifty if someone picked up the baton and made analogues of French and Italian.

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