Daughter language

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In historical linguistics, a daughter language is a language descended from another language through a process of genetic descent. Strictly speaking, the metaphor of the mother-daughter relationship can lead to misconceptualization of language history, as daughter languages are normally direct continuations of earlier stages, not separate entities in any way "born" to a parent who eventually dies.

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  • Italian is a daughter language of (Vulgar) Latin, which is a daughter language of Proto-Indo-European.
  • Afrikaans is a daughter language of Dutch, which is a daughter language of Proto-Germanic, which is a daughter language of Proto-Indo-European.
  • Visayan is a daughter language of Sri Vijayan, which is a daughter language of Proto-Austronesian.
  • Chavacano is a daughter language of Spanish, which is a daughter language of (Vulgar) Latin, which is a daughter language of Proto-Indo-European.
  • Hindi is a daughter language of Sanskrit (Prakrit), which is a daughter language of Proto-Indo-European.
  • Norwegian Bokmål is a daughter language of Danish, which is a daughter language of Old Norse, which is a daughter language of Proto-Germanic, which is a daughter language of Proto-Indo-European.

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