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This map shows the regions of the world where Spanish is commonly spoken (red circles). Like all Romance languages, Spanish originally developed out of Vulgar ("street") Latin in the provinces of Europe controlled by the Roman Empire. Not pictured on the map, some Jewish individuals speak a version of Judeo-Spanish in parts of Spain--especially on the Mediterranean coast. (This dialect is Spanish in grammar, but it incorporates a number of Hebrew loanwords.) Spanish is most closely related to Portugeuse. It is also closely related to Italian, French, Provençal, Catalan, and Galician. It is more distantly related to Romansch and Romanian.

Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.


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