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1st Edition

Standard Basque and Its Dialects

ISBN 9781138367548
Published January 21, 2019 by Routledge
150 Pages

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Book Description

The origins of Basque dialects, a highly disputed area of research in Basque studies, are examined.

The author, the foremost expert on Basque dialects, traces their emergence to medieval times, using: a) the profusion of features common to all dialects: b) the large number of innovations common to all dialects; and c) the fact that the only truly divergent dialects are the western and Souletin ones. In contrast, the three central dialects differ in far fewer and less important respects.

The main contribution of Standard Basque and Its Dialects to the scholarly debate about the formation of Basque is that it identifies the nuclei from which the current dialects almost certainly emerged. The book explains the points of view that Basque speakers have upheld concerning their dialects, the formation of provincial standards starting in the eighteenth century, and the launch of Standard Basque in the second half of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Basque’s Survival

Chapter Two: Origin of the Dialects

Chapter Three: Centres of innovation

Chapter Four: Basque Ideas About the Dialects and Attitudes Towards Them

Chapter Five: Literary Dialects

Chapter Six: The Standardisation of Basque


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Koldo Zuazo is a Basque linguist, professor at the University of the Basque Country and specialist in Basque language dialectology and sociolinguistics. His main contribution has been the study and classification of Basque dialects and the indication of their possible places of origin. He has worked on the formation of Standard Basque.

Gregor Benton is a student of Basque and Emeritus Professor of Chinese history at Cardiff University. He has translated books from many languages.