Ciao, Slavic Slaves

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Usually the name of a people comes from some very simple word, in fact the name of the Slavs come from slovo which meant word. This makes us believe that they identified themselves as a speech community and called the Germans nemac ‘numb’. (The story of the barbarian is very similar). Since these people were […]

Relatives

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It is very easy to see that neo-Latin languages (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian being the most well-known) are related because of their noticeable similarity. Some languages are so similar that their speakers can understand each other – they are mutually intelligible – like to some extent Portuguese and Spanish. What about other languages with […]