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Romanica is a planned language, built up from elements common to the Romance languages, the modern descendants of Latin. It is similar to the planned language Interlingua, of which it sometimes described as a variant. It has far fewer speakers than Interlingua.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, the various regional dialects of Vulgar Latin began to diverge, and eventually became mutually incomprehensible languages - now known as the Romance languages. The grammatical structures and vocabularies of these languages are still very similar. Romanica draws the common elements together into a complete idiom, partially comprehensible to anyone who knows one of the source languages. Its supporters say that prior study of Romanica greatly facilitates the study of any of the Romance languages.

Romanica's vocabulary is mostly drawn from the Interlingua - English Dictionary[?] (IED), published by The International Auxiliary Language Association[?] (IALA) in 1951, and used as the basis of the international language Interlingua. Consequently, Romanica resembles Interlingua in many respects. However, its supporters say that Romanica is a distinct language in its own right, and not merely a variant form of IALA Interlingua.

Romanica's grammar is derived from elements common to the Romance languages: adjectives agree in number and gender with their nouns, verbs are conjugated, and so on.

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