Running Head: Origins of Vernacular Language
Unit 1: Origins of Vernacular Language
Instructor: Cheryl Lemus
February 17, 2011
Origins of Vernacular Language
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the term vernacular can be defined as using a language that is native to a country or province rather than a cultured, foreign, or literary language (Merriam-Webster, 2011). These languages would one day be known as Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian, and etc. The vernacular languages would also be considered as the large family of contemporary “Romance” languages (Matthews, 2011). ...view middle of the document...
” Ritmo Cassinese was one of the best known written early Italian languages. According to an article titled “Around Naples Encyclopedia, the term Ritmo means rhythm which refers to the rhyming scheme of lines of verse, and the term cassinese is the adjective from Cassino which means the abbey of Monte Cassino where the document was first found and is still there today (Matthews, 2011).
At the beginning of the twelfth century other vernacular languages were then being developed. French writers began using the vernacular language because of the support of literacy that impacted education and language throughout the region. Dante and Chaucer were two writers who decided to write in their own vernacular language of Italian and English instead of using the generally accepted Latin (Farzaneh, 2010). They fought to seek readership since mostly only the clergy knew Latin at the time. They also wanted to reach the common people by writing in their own vernacular language. There was also a demand of increasing material that related to the military class’s interests (AIU Online, 2010). By the end of the twelfth century, both France and England were also using vernacular language to write some legal and government documents. Modern vernacular Italian and also Neapolitan vernacular were also being developed after the twelfth century.
Vernacular language impacted the cultures during this period because it led to a new nationalized perception and it managed to form bonds between people of different cultures and...