Dalmatian Romance versus Proto-Romanian
Vocabulary: It is interesting to note that Dalmatian kept the Latin
words related to urban life which were lost in Romanian. The
Dalmatians retained an active urban society in their city states,
whereas the Romanians were driven into small mountain settlements
during the Great Migrations.
Also, unlike Romanian, Dalmatian did not keep any substrate words of
Thracian or Illyrian origin, as the speakers were initially
colonists, not a Romanized population."