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Roman influence on language?

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October 04, 2012 3:14AM

Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian) are derived from Latin. English has a significant infusion of words of Latin origin partly because the educated elites read and wrote in Latin and partly because the Normans introduced French words. Roman law had been very influential so many legal term are of Latin origin. Many scientific words are Latin or Greek.