Linguists are unsure where Basque came from; there are many theories. How it managed to survive as a separate language for thousands of years is a mystery.
|Map of Basque Country (Euskal Herria) in France |
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Salaverría said there were so many variations spoken throughout the Basque country -- at least eight -- that in the 1960s an academy was formed to standardize it. (Salaverría is a professor of digital journalism at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, where I made a presentation to their faculty.)
A Basque newspaper, http://www.berria.info/
There is a militant movement of Basque separatists, much like the Irish Republican Army, that has used bombings and assassinations to further its political goals.
|Cindy and I visited an old fort that looms over San Sebastian and its large natural harbor. Basque whaling expeditions sailed from here all over the north and south Atlantic.|
Pamplona: Lots of running, no bulls
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Basque language has mysterious origins
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Tapas or pinchos are our favorite foods in Spain
Pilgrims still come to honor St. James in Santiago de Compostela
We didn't run into a lot of Americans in Spain