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By José Ignacio Hualde, Jon Ortiz de Urbina

Because the simply surviving pre-Indo-European language of western Europe, Basque has frequently attracted the curiosity of linguists. while, commonly, descriptive paintings on Basque has basically concerned with morphological positive aspects, together with its advanced process of verb-argument contract and its strict ergative trend of inflection, over the past 20 years a brand new new release of Basque linguists has produced very subtle, theoretically-informed paintings on many facets of the syntax, morphology and phonology of the language, revealing, for example, a strategy of focalization with many fascinating homes and the lifestyles in a few dialects of an accentual process strikingly just like that of normal jap. The publication, bringing jointly this gathered wisdom at the constitution of Basque, is significantly extra whole than the other latest grammar of the language. one other fascinating function of this grammar is that the outline is illustrated with fully-glossed examples extracted from numerous written resources. even though the point of interest is the fashionable regular language, dialectal positive aspects are thought of intimately and examples are taken from all dialects and sessions.

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C)After an obstruent. The only morpheme-internal instances are borrowings such as seksu 'sex' and absolutu 'absolute'. g. etsenplu 'example', atsolutu 'absolute'. g. onek zuen onetzuen 'this one had it' (Baztan). g. ez zen etzen 'it was not' (cf. 2). Forms such as etzen 'it was not' are sometimes found written this way in older texts, but the Basque Academy has favored the spelling ez zen. (d)After a sonorant consonant. g. antz 'resemblance', pentsa 'to think', beltz 'black', eltze 'cooking pot', ertz 'border', hartz 'bear'.

Stops All Basque dialects have a contrast between voiceless stops p, t, (tt /c/), k and voiced stops b, d, (dd /}/), g. In addition, northeastern dialects possess a series of voiceless aspirated stops. 1. Palatal stops The palatal stops have a special status. For the most part they synchronically or diachronically derive from the dental stops by one of two processes. 3). Thus, ttantta 'little drop' is a diminutive of tanta, R ddunddu 'bluish' is the diminutive of dundu 'blue', kuttun 'dear, beloved' is an affective form of kutun, and so on.

Common aide 'side', R alte-, common igande, R igante 'Sunday'; common ongi, R otiki 'well' (from on 'good' + -ki 'ADV'). g. arto 'corn, maize', ardo 'wine'. The distribution of voiceless and voiced stops is summarized in table 4. Segmental phonology 21 Table 4. 3. Aspirated stops As mentioned, some northern dialects have voiceless aspirated stops /p h h, t h h, k h / as a third contrasting series. The distinction has been lost in recent times in the area near the Lapurdian coast. It appears to be especially well preserved in Zuberoan.

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