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Ioan-Aurel Pop

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MEDIEVAL TESTIMONIES ABOUT THE ROMANIAN LANGUAGE
(Abstract)

In this article, we prove that the undifferentiated usage of the concept of “relatinisation” of the Romanian language in the late Modern Era (19th century) may lead to confusions, due to the lack of term precision. The article analyses the documents on the Latinity of the Romanian language in the Middle Ages and in the early Modern Era (14th–17th centuries), reaching the conclusion that, on the one hand, most of the foreign authors classify Romanian as a Romance language, and, on the other hand, that the Romanian documents preserved have, through their vocabulary and grammatical structure, the characteristics of a Romance language. Consequently, the “relatinisation” was, first of all, a process of modernisation of the Romanian language, as it happened with most of the European languages in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Cuvinte-cheie: limbaromână, limbiromanice, EvulMediu, epocamodernă, relatinizare.
Keywords: Romanian language, Romance languages, Middle Ages, Modern Era, relatinisation.

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