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An interesting hypothesis, until you read the book. Cortez makes outrageous claims regarding the origins of the Romance languages and presents them in an incredibly arrogant, childish, and misinformed way. His claim is that French and the other Romance languages derive from an Italic language which was not that of Rome, which goes against the accepted view that the Romance languages derive from "vulgar Latin," a popular, informal cousin of literary classical Latin. While I appreciate his attempt ...more