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The Loom of Language

LATIN
	ITALIAN
	SPANISH
	PORTUGUESI
	FRENCH
	ENGLISH

CAPILLO
	capcllo
	cabello
	cabelo
	cheveu
	hair

CAPRA
	capra
	cabra
		chfcvre
	goat

LEPORE
	Icpie
	hcbic
	Icbre
	h&vre
	hare

OPERARIO
	operaio
	obrero
	obrciro
	ouvner
	worker

SAPERE
	sapcrc
	saber
		savoir
	to know

SAPORE
	saporc
	sabor
		savcur
	taste

BIBERE
	bevere
	bcber
		boirc
	to dnnk

CABALLO
	cavallo
	caballo
	cavalo
	cheval
	hone

FEBRE
	febbrc
	iiebrc
	fcbre
	fI6vre
	fever

HABERE
	avcre
	habcr
	haver
	avoir
	to have

PROBARE
	provaic
	probar
	piovar
	prouvcr
	to pi ove

and ue In French the latter became a sound like o in German* It is
written -EU in the ensuing examples

LATIN
	ITALIAN
	SPANTSII
	POR1UGUBS>L
	FRTNCH

PFDE PETRA
	piede pictra
	pw picdxa
	P6 pcdia
	plCd
 pierrc

TENET
	tiene
		tcm
	uent

DECEM
	diecx
	dlC7,
	dc/
	due

MORIT
	muoie
	muere
	morrc
	meurt

POfLT NOVO
	pu6 nuovo
	puedc nucvo
	podc novo
	peut neuf

FOCO PROBA
	fuoco pruova
	tuego piueba
	fogo prova
	feu prcuvc

LNGLISH
foot

tfonc
he hohh
ten

he dies
he can
new
fire
proof

In general Latin had fewer compound vowels than its descendants
The most prominent one, au9 has become a simple vowel in all our
four Romance languages, Its descendant is spelt O m Italian and
Spanish, OU or 01 in Portuguese, and 0 or AU m French.

LATIN
	ITALIAN
	SPANISH
	PORTUGUESE
	FRENCH
	ENGLISH

AURO
	oro
		ouro
	or
	gold

CAUSA
	cosa
		cousa
	chose
	thing

PAUPERI
	povero
	pobre
		pauvre
	poor

Another common tendency at work during the period of differentia-
tion of the Romance dialects is reflected in spelling. Spanish, Portu~