Re: Basque & Katzner's Languages of the World
|From:||Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 15, 2001, 11:12|
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
So lift the cup of joy and take a big drink.
In spite of it all it's a beautiful world.
>From: Roger Mills <romilly@...>
>Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...>
>Subject: Re: Basque & Katzner's Languages of the World
>Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 00:37:37 -0500
>Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> >>> . In particular, I wish his phonological descriptions (which are very
> >>> anglocentric, perhaps not surprisingly) had used IPA instead of fuzzy
> >>> things like "There is both a soft r and a hard r" in Basque. Which
> >>> brings
> >>> me to my question: for those who know (something about) Basque, what
> >>> heck is he talking about? Trilled and non-trilled? Trilled vs.
> >>> approximant? Meep?
>I just bought R.L.(Larry) Trask's "History of Basque" an incredibly
>and as far as I can tell accurate work (a budget-buster, alas). Very
>conservative, no wild-blue-yonder stuff, in fact he demolishes most of
>everyone's speculations about the language. Apparently there is a tapped
>(written "r") and a trilled one "rr". The odd thing to me is that they can
>contrast word-finally (I suspect it has to do with what happens when a
>suffix is added, since it seems they're written "-r" in both cases, unless
>I've misread.) They also contrast medially of course, but not initially;
>fact Basque dislikes initial r: Lat. rege- 'king' > errege. Modern
>Fascinating book, TOTALLY fascinating language.
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