jan 1, 1500 - XVI century. Political changes in Language
In the sixteenth century, French, Italian, and English gained in importance as a result of political changes in Europe, and Latin gradually became displaced as a language to that spoken and written communication. As the status of Latin diminished from that of a living language to that of an "occasional" subject in the school curriculum, the study of Latin took on a different function.
The period of the sixteenth century is characterized throughout Europe
as a key moment in the process of the legitimization of vernacular languages
as vehicles of culture and knowledge able to perform the same
function as Latin, Europe’s lingua franca for many centuries. The progression
of the struggle between Latin and vernacular languages can be
illustrated, for instance, in the sphere of diplomatic international relations.
If during the first half of the sixteenth century Latin continued to
be the most widely used language for diplomatic purposes, in the second
half of the century Italian gained prominence, at least at a spoken level
and at court (Cáceres Würsig 2002: 49).
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A brief story of Language Teaching
Edna María Salomón López - Applied linguistics X01