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Although English contains some Latin and Romance it evolved separately from the Romance languages. Their linguistic stem was proto-Romance, which came into being in the Mediterranean during the Medieval. It was spoken Latin mixed with various words from other languages of Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor. The Mediterranean was a hive of human activity due to trade, slavery, political conquest, royal marriage, migration and exchange of ideas, thus proto-Romance evolved as a lingua franca, so that people from many places were able to communicate with a common tongue. When the Renaissance began, the southern European countries became relatively culturally isolated from one another, so the modern Romance languages each evolved from proto-Romance in different ways.

English has a different linguistic stem, but it has been influenced by Latin, due to the Roman occupation and because Latin remained the scholarly language. English was also influenced by Old French because regions of France used to be part of the Angevin Empire, and French was once also the language of the English royal court and aristocracy. So, it is really all about their respective linguistic stems.

Although English contains some Latin and Romance it evolved separately from the Romance languages. Their linguistic stem was proto-Romance, which came into being in the Mediterranean during the Medieval. It was spoken Latin mixed with various words from other languages of Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor. The Mediterranean was a hive of human activity due to trade, slavery, political conquest, royal marriage, migration and exchange of ideas, thus proto-Romance evolved as a lingua franca, so that people from many places were able to communicate with a common tongue. When the Renaissance began, the southern European countries became relatively culturally isolated from one another, so the modern Romance languages each evolved from proto-Romance in different ways.

English has a different linguistic stem, but it has been influenced by Latin, due to the Roman occupation and because Latin remained the scholarly language. English was also influenced by Old French because regions of France used to be part of the Angevin Empire, and French was once also the language of the English royal court and aristocracy. So, it is really all about their respective linguistic stems.

Here are two draft papers that illustrate the proto-Romance stem prior to its evolution into the modern Romance languages: 1. Linguistic Missing Links: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/003737 2. Linguistically Dating and Locating: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/003808