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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Anyone speaks Basque?

Here is an article on Egyptian and arab bloggers (naturally featuring yours truly) written in Basque spanish. If you can read it, tell me if it says good things about me or not.


At 10/30/2005 12:04:00 PM, Blogger Highlander said...

They are saying good things SM, that you write in English because it is a universal language and that you are basically an activist against the NDP and that you ar part of the itharak movement ;)

they mention among others Alaa and Manal, Ritzy and BP from Egypt . That's my Basque for you.

At 10/30/2005 02:50:00 PM, Blogger Milad said...

If a Basque guy sees that you describe his language as "Basque Spanish”, he will get crazy; it’s a sort of insult :) Basque is Basque; Spanish is Castellan or other stuff.
Well, I don’t speak it but I can understand a bit: I confirm, they are saying just good things :)

At 10/30/2005 03:00:00 PM, Blogger Aleksu said...

Indeed, Basque Spanish is no exactly the correct way to call Euskera, a language that predates all Romance languages.

And the language of the text that you mention is Catalonian or Catalan, the language spoken in Catalunya.

Other than that, keep up the good job, the more blogger out ther outside the American mainstream the better.

At 10/30/2005 07:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, the language in that article is merely a Spanish variant, not Basque. Basque is a language completely outside the Indo-European family (that huge language group containing all the Latin, Germanic, and Celtic derived languages, as well as others such as Farsi and Hindi). To someone used to other European languages, Basque might be a bit of a shock.

You might check this Wikipedia article if you're interested.

At 10/31/2005 12:05:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

This is why I love my readers. You guys are full of useful knowledge. :)

At 11/01/2005 05:04:00 AM, Blogger Erthel said...

That is Catalan, be sure, as i am from Catalunya, Northeast of Spain :P

At 11/01/2005 12:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As erthel sais, it is not Basque, it is Catalonian from the other part of Spain. Anyone speaking in Spanish with some patience can translate it.

BTW, some of us, Basques, do not care to be called Spaniards... and the Basque spoken in Spain is different from the one spoken in France.

At 11/01/2005 11:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Euskara Euskal Herriko hizkutza da, Espainaren ondooan dagoen lurrade txiki baten hizkuntza.

Euskera is a language of Euskal Herria. Language of a small country near to Spain :)

"Euskera, or the Basque language, is nowadays written with Latin alphabet. There are about 600,000 speakers in the north of Spain, the entire province of Guipúzcoa, in addition to the provinces of Vizcaya and Navarra and some areas in Alava, and in the western part of the French Atlantic Pyrenees (approximately 100,000 speakers).
With regard to the origin of the Basque tongue, there have been a number of hypotheses. It has been suggested that the language of the ancestors of the Basques was introduced into this part of Europe by immigrants from Asia Minor at the beginning of the Bronze Age (i.e. round about the year 2000 BC).

Basque and Castilian entered History together, since the first text preserved in Castilian, the Código Emilianense, c.977, is also written in Basque."


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