Which Alphabet Would Be Most Suitable For the Phonology of Romanian – Cyrillic or Latin?

The short answer is, the formerly used Romanian Cyrillic alphabet (used before 1830 when the transition towards Latin started and many reforms ensued) is more suitable for the phonology of the Romanian language than the current Romanian Latin alphabet. The long answer will first establish the definitions of alphabets and phonemics, then proceed to define the criteria for […]

Twelve Languages I Would Like to Speak and Why

Latin – The main language of European knowledge from Antiquity to the Renaissance; the language of my ancestors, of science, law, Catholicism. Greek – Ancient, Koine, Byzantine, Modern – the most important language of Antiquity for the Western World. The most important medieval language for Orthodoxy. Sanskrit – The Indian Subcontinent equivalent of the above. […]

Why Did Romanians Switch to the Latin Alphabet?

Short Answer In the XIX century Romanians switched back from the Cyrilic to the Latin alphabet in an effort to: 1.Emphasize the Latin heritage and their political and territorial primacy in the lands they were and are inhabiting; 2.Reaffirm their ethnic and cultural continuity in those lands; 3.Consolidate their connection to the other Latin speaking […]

Consequences of the Golden Horde Rule in the Romanian Lands

In those times the concept of nation and ethnicity were unknown or bleak. Populations with different origins, culture, language, religion and lifestyle were living in proximity to each other. In addition to the autochthonous Romanic native populations, the others were recent and nomadic, mainly Cumans and Pechenegs, or had settled there throughout the Middle Ages, […]

Romanian Spoken in Romania and Moldova vs. Serbo-Croatian

The difference between the case of Serbia, Croatia and the Serbo-Croatian language on one hand and Romania, the Republic of Moldova and the Romanian language on the other, are the following. In the case of serbo-Croatian, although extremely similar, there are different official standards, one in Serbia, one in Croatia; whereas the Romanian taught in […]