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The Latin Language

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Damian Harris

on 15 September 2016

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The Latin Language
By Damian Harris
Agricultural or Conquest Theory
My research supports the Conquest Theory. The Roman Empire spoke Latin and the more countries they took over, or conquered, the more civilizations they forced to speak Latin as well.
Latin Today
Today, Latin is used for a few things. The Latin phrase " "E pluribis unum" (out of many, one) can be found on most American coins. Latin is used to scientifically classify living things. For example, the scientific name for the northern right whale dolphin is "lissodelphis borealis", and "borealis" is Latin for northern. It is also used in legal terms, such as the writ of certiorari, which is when a superior court tells an inferior court to send the details of a prior case ruling to them. Certiorari is Latin for "to be informed". Latin is also the official language of the Vatican City and can be learned at the Univeristy of Kentucky and Iowa State University
Early Latin was first spoken by a people called the Latini in a region called Latium, a small territory on the Tiber river that flowed throughout Italy. The Roman Empire had just founded and the language spread quickly as Rome rapidly conquered new land. Latin-speaking people borrowed heavily from new land, with evidence of Oscan influence prevalent in certain Latin words. Around the peak of Roman civilization, classical Latin became the official language; it was a pristine form of Latin and was mainly used for writing literature and written records. It assimilated many forms of writing from the Greek. Vulgar latin, however, greatly differed from classical Latin. Because Latin was used over very large areas, there were differences in regional dialect and usage. People from Italy, Spain, Portugal and other places insert pieces of their native dialects, which further corrupted Latin and formed the Romance languages
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