When Gaul was conquered by the Romans in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, the Gaulish language (which was a Celtic language) came under attack-hence the true meaning of a ‘Romance language’ as “to speak in Roman fashion.”
How did French language start?
French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the Latin spoken in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. … French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.
How old is French?
The linguists tell us that Old French started in the 8th century AD, before it was Vulgar Latin.
Did French come first or English?
English has its roots in the Germanic languages, from which German and Dutch also developed, as well as having many influences from romance languages such as French. (Romance languages are so called because they are derived from Latin which was the language spoken in ancient Rome.)
Is French older than Spanish?
In modern language terms, Spanish was recognized first (around the 9th century). Modern French emerged from the Francien dialect around the 14th century.
Why is French so weird?
French is the most divergent of the Romance languages because of its heavy Gallic and Frankish influences . French is basically derived from the Latin vernacular spoken by the Celtic Gauls who inhabited the region of today’s France before the arrival of the Germanic Franks who spoke a language similar to old Dutch.
What is the difference between Old French and New French?
Old French was the form of French spoken in the early Middle Ages, about three centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire. It was spoken up to about the 14th century. Modern or “New” French began in about the 17th century. Though I know mostly Spanish, I had a year of French in the 6th grade.
What was France called before?
France was originally called Gaul by the Romans who gave the name to the entire area where the Celtics lived. This was at the time of Julius Caesar’s conquest of the area in 51-58 BC.