A Grammar of Basque by José Ignacio Hualde, Jon Ortiz de Urbina

By José Ignacio Hualde, Jon Ortiz de Urbina

Because the basically surviving pre-Indo-European language of western Europe, Basque has usually attracted the curiosity of linguists. while, routinely, descriptive paintings on Basque has basically concerned about morphological positive factors, together with its advanced method of verb-argument contract and its strict ergative development of inflection, over the last 20 years a brand new iteration of Basque linguists has produced very refined, theoretically-informed paintings on many elements of the syntax, morphology and phonology of the language, revealing, for example, a means of focalization with many attention-grabbing houses and the life in a few dialects of an accentual approach strikingly just like that of normal jap. The ebook, bringing jointly this gathered wisdom at the constitution of Basque, is significantly extra whole than the other present grammar of the language. one other fascinating characteristic of this grammar is that the outline is illustrated with fully-glossed examples extracted from plenty of written resources. even though the focal point is the trendy average language, dialectal gains are thought of intimately and examples are taken from all dialects and classes.

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A Grammar of Basque

Because the simply surviving pre-Indo-European language of western Europe, Basque has usually attracted the curiosity of linguists. while, generally, descriptive paintings on Basque has essentially inquisitive about morphological beneficial properties, together with its advanced process of verb-argument contract and its strict ergative trend of inflection, over the last twenty years a brand new new release of Basque linguists has produced very subtle, theoretically-informed paintings on many features of the syntax, morphology and phonology of the language, revealing, for example, a strategy of focalization with many attention-grabbing houses and the life in a few dialects of an accentual process strikingly just like that of normal eastern.

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This grammar is written in Basque and is intended for Basque speakers. More concise practical grammars of standard Basque, also written in Basque, are Txillardegi (1978) and Zubiri & Zubiri (1995). Another excellent grammar, if now somewhat dated, is Lafitte (1944), in French, which describes Literary Navarro-Labourdin, a written variety used in the French part of the Basque Country in the first part of the 20th century, before the creation of standard Basque. Allieres (1979) has a broader dialectal coverage but is considerably less detailed.

Most of the territorial loss has taken place in the southernmost provinces of Araba and Navarre. In these two provinces, the territory where Basque has remained in continuous use has been reduced to the northern corner of Araba and the northwestern part of Navarre. Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa remain more strongly The Basque language today 3 Basque-speaking. Nevertheless, the recent officialization of the language and its use in education has brought about an increase in the number of speakers among the younger generations in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country and in Navarre, both in areas where the language had been preserved by some percentage of the population and outside of them.

In the provinces south of the Pyrenees, coastal Gipuzkoan has been considered particularly prestigious. For instance, if a Bizkaian and a Gipuzkoan speaker met, the expectation was that the Bizkaian speaker would modify his or her speech in the direction of Gipuzkoan, rather than the other way around. Similarly, in certain areas of Bizkaian speech, preachers would traditionally use coastal Gipuzkoan in their sermons, rather than the local Bizkaian dialect. In the continental or French part of the territory, this prestigious status was accorded to Lapurdian (see Zuazo 1992).

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