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This map shows the regions of the world where French is commonly spoken (red circles). French descends from provincial Transalpine Latin as influenced by the Germanic language of the Franks (Frankish). Ultimately, it traces its roots to the Italic branch of Indo-European. French is spoken (proudly) in Quebec, in Madagascar, in various Pacific islands, and in large parts of Africa. A modified dialect of French known as Walloon is also spoken in southern Belgium. French is most closely related to Italian, Spanish, Portugeuse, 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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