Romance Languages

Linguists group a number of modern European languages — French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian, as well as the less well-known Romanian, Catalan, Provençal, and so on — together as romance languages because of their shared parent, Latin. Although they differ on the surface, many words in their vocabularies are cognate, and their grammatical structures tend to be similar. See also Indo-European.

From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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