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Re: VMs: Occitan months...?

--- Nick Pelling <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> At 17:14 18/07/2004 -0400, Bruce Grant wrote:
> >According to the introduction of that book, the
> term "Occitan" is a 19th 
> >century coinage - in the 17th century the language
> was called "Provencal" 
> >in English, while in medieval times it was referred
> to by its speakers as 
> >"proensal", "lemozin" or "romans" at different
> times. The term "lengua 
> >d'oc" may or may not refer to this language.
> As is nearly always the case, the Wikipedia entry
> for "Occitan" covers most 
> of the important ground here: suffice to say that I
> don't think I'm in any 
> way unusual in using the term "Occitan" to cover the
> whole family of 
> dialects/languages (including Provencal, etc).
>          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occitan

My point was just that Occitan now is a language
spoken in a small 'island' near Toulouse, while
a few hundred years ago, it was much more widespread,
different, and probably had several variations.
How far would one have to go back in time to have
just one more or less common Romance language 
(vulgate Latin)? I am sure that the diversification
into the various extant languages is roughly known.

Needless to say, it is not to me ;;;

Cheers, Rene

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