Modern English words, then, concerning more complex and theoretical, rather than utilitarian, ideas (astronomy, poetry and epistemology) can generally be found to be of Romance origin, whereas more mundane words such as pronouns and auxiliary verbs can be traced back to German origin."
Question: I am unable to understand the meaning of above sentence. I am confused with the use of commas in the above sentence and to me this makes the meaning of the sentence unclear. Can somebody explain this sentence structure and how commas are used?
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One theory to explain this is that the more elaborate and complex words are primarily used by the elite after the Norman Invasion – who would have favored a Latin-based (or Romance) vocabulary – wheras words with the same meaning in the Old English were used primarily by the lower classes and fell into disuse.