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Vulgar Latin
sermo vulgaris
Rome Colosseum inscription 2.jpg
Latin inscription in the Colosseum
Native to Roman Republic, Roman Empire
Era developed into Romance languages 6th to 9th centuries
Language family
  • Italic
    • Latino-Faliscan
Writing system (unwritten)
Linguist List lat-vul

Vulgar Latin is one of the two types of Latin. Latin is an old language that was spoken by the Romans. Vulgar Latin is not spoken anymore, but its many dialects eventually became what are now Romance languages (such as Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Romanian).

Who spoke it?

Vulgar Latin was spoken by the regular people: farmers, workers, and people without a great deal of education. Because of this it is also called Common Latin.

How did it start?

Classical Latin is the type of Latin that was first spoken by the Romans. As time went by, fewer and fewer people spoke Classical Latin, and in the end the language changed to become Vulgar Latin. After a while, only scholars spoke Classical Latin. Books were still written in it. Nowadays nobody speaks Latin anymore, except for people who study it and the Roman Catholic Church's officials.


The grammar of Vulgar Latin is similar to classical Latin, except in pronunciation and some vocabulary use. Latin has 5 basic noun cases.

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