Towards a History of the Basque Language

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José Ignacio Hualde, Joseba Lakarra, Robert Lawrence Trask
John Benjamins Publishing, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 365 pages
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Questions related to the origin and history of the Basque language spark considerable interest, since it is the only surviving pre-Indo-European language in western Europe. However, until now, there was no readily available source in English providing answers to these questions or giving an overview of past and current research in this area. This book is intended to partly fill this void.The book contains both state-of-the-art papers which summarize our knowledge about particular areas of Basque historical linguistics, and articles presenting new hypotheses and points of view based on hard evidence and careful analysis.All contributors to this volume have demonstrated expertise in the topic within Basque historical linguistics that their chapter addresses. Two classical articles by the late Luis Michelena are included in English translation. In addition, the book includes studies on diachronic phonology, morphology and syntax. The relation of Basque to other languages is also investigated in a couple of chapters.
  

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Contents

Editors Foreword
1
An overview of the external history of the Basque language
5
The Basque Language and Its Neighbors in Antiquity
31
Review of the evidence
65
The Ancient Basque Consonants
101
The Latin and Romance Element in Basque
137
Hypotheses and evidence
171
Reconstructing the PreProtoBasque Root
189
On the History of the NonFinite Verb Forms in Basque
207
On the Origin of the Finite Forms of the Basque Verb
235
The Development of the Basque System of Terms of Address and the Allocutive Conjugation
275
Nunc in Old Basque
295
A diachronic perspective
313
GENERAL INDEX
357
The series Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
366
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About the author (1995)

Jose I. Hualde is Professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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