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>> On Provençal, I thought it  was closer to French than Italian, but not
>> sure.

> Speculating here, but I would say that you are right

Yep.  This appears to be the case.



>> Maybe Rick P. can find some introductory material on how the Romance
>> languages, including Provençal, developed from Latin.

> I'll see but this one looks tough.

Wasn't too hard to find what I was interested in (although I may fall
short of expectations).  I just wasn't awake enough to remember
britannica.com


Regards,
   Rick Parker

Provencal language:
http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/9/0,5716,58099+1+56684,00.html?kw=provencal%20language

Franco-provencal dialect:
http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/0/0,5716,35800+1+35151,00.html?kw=francoprovencal%20dialect

Provencal literature:
http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/8/0,5716,63208+1+61645,00.html?kw=provencal%20literature

Félibrige - Association organized in the 19th century for the
maintenance of the Provençal customs and language
http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/5/0,5716,34535+1+33936,00.html?query=provencal

Arnaut Daniel:
http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/3/0,5716,9673+1+9558,00.html

Romance languages:
http://search.britannica.com/search?miid=1231852&query=Romance+languages