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Re: Basque & Katzner's Languages of the World

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Thursday, November 15, 2001, 12:19
En réponse à Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>:

> I was listening to a Basque radio station on the web the other day and > was > amazed at how close the *rythm* of Basque is to the rythm of Spanish. > Of > course it was completely unintelligible, but it was a very pleasant > aural > experience. >
I've heard that Spanish owned a lot to Basque: its strange /s/ phoneme (apico- alveolar instead of lamino-alveolar like other Romance languages. Basque contrasts lamino-alveolar and apico-alveolar voiceless fricatives, and writes the first one 'z' and the second one 's'), its diphtongues (OK, diphtongation happened in all Romance languages, but its characteristics in Spanish would be a lot influenced by Basque), the phonemic distinction between the flap and the trill, and even the absence of voiced fricatives and its voice patterns. Of course, I don't know whether this is true or not (English lacks a marker of evidentiality that would show that we only present what we've heard or read, but that it doesn't mandatorily reflects our own opinion - in this case, I don't have information enough to have an opinion about those claims -). Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.