Vernacular Literature

Josh Mulumba and Ty Barnett

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Vernacular Literature is the language of the common people.

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  • the earliest European vernacular literatures are Irish literature, Welsh literature, Anglo-Saxon literature and Gothic literature. Important early vernacular works include Dante's Divine comedy and Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury tales.
  • In the European tradition, this effectively means literature not written in Latin. Doctors use Greek when talking about procedures and other medical terms but when they are at home with their family or with their friends they will use vernacular literature.
  • We still use vernacular literature today in the books we read and the language we speak.