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Basque Language and Culture

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The Basque People primarily live in the area known as the Basque Country, located around north-central Spain and south-western France.
The basque people are a culture that reside in the Basque Country which is in the Northern part of Spain and southwest of France.
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Kultura is a Basque equivalent of the English word "culture". Specifically, the word functions as a loan word. It traces its origins back to the ancient Latin word cult?ra for "cultivation, culture". The pronunciation will be "kool-TOO-ra" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.
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A language and a people are what Basque is. Specifically, the language is spoken on both sides of the border separating southwestern France and northwestern Spain. The people reside in the three provinces which are found on the French side and the four on the Spanish. They either speak Basque as the…
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Yes, Basque people are known to wear kilts. Specifically, the Basques can be as attuned to style as people worldwide. If kilts are in style, then it is possible to find some Basques wearing them and others not. In such a case, the colors, the lengths and the pleating styles will be current, and th…
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Patata is a Basque equivalent of the English word "potato" (Solanum tuberosum). Specifically, the word functions as a loan word. Lursagarra may be found by those who seek to identify an object of non-Basque origins in ways which are consistent with the natural expressive development of the Basque la…
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France and Spain are the locations of the Basque provinces. Specifically, the seven Basque provinces are found on the northwestern and southwestern sides of the border between France and Spain. Three provinces are located in southwestern France: Lapurdi/Labourd, Nafarroa Beherea/Basse-Navarre, and …
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Probintziak is a Basque equivalent of the English word "provinces". Specifically, the word generally functions as a common noun. The final letter in the word indicates that the Basque noun is in its plural form. The pronunciation will be "pro-BEEN-tsyak" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.
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Eastern lower Navarrese (Nafarroa Beherea) is the kind of Basque language which historically is spoken in Navarrenx, France. Specifically, the location is within the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in terms of southwestern France and within the northwestern part of Euzkadi ("The Basque Country"). …
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The Basque area of France ("Pays Basque") is in the South-West of the country. The Basque area extends on both sides of the French-Spanish border, the larger part is in Spain.
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Independence, integrity, and intelligence are what is important about the Basque people. Specifically, the Basque people defend their unique culture and language despite rulers who sought to do otherwise from central Spain. They maintain their loyalty to the historical precedents and political struc…
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Araba/lava, Bizkaia/Vizcaya, Gipuzkoa/Guipzcoa, and Nafarroa/Navarra are the Basque provinces of Spain. Specifically, there are four provinces which the Basque people call home in northwestern Spain. Araba, Bizkaia, and Gipuzkoa presently form the autonomous Basque community within Spain. Nafarroa…
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Aquitanian is the language from which Basque derives, according to some scholars. Specifically, Aquitanian also can be called proto-Basque. It was spoken in the areas where Basque continues to be spoken nowadays, along both sides of the France-Spain border. Its closest linguistic neighbors spoke C…
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No, Basque is not Spanish. Specifically, the Basque people inhabit northwestern Spain and southwestern France. The economic activities in which they engage may be described as typical of the region: farming, fishing, herding, small-scale business, and tourism. But they perpetuate a culture and a lan…
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No, Basque is not part of the Celtic language group. Specifically, the Celtic language group fits in with the Indo-European language family. Basque thus far is not known to be related to any other world language. It therefore occupies its own isolate language family.
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Basque, French and Spanish are the main spoken languages of the Basque Country. Specifically, the Basque Country is an autonomous community within the Kingdom of Spain. It represents part of northern Spain's border with southern France. Three provinces on the France side of the border shelter Basqu…
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Musika is a Basque equivalent of the English word "music". Specifically, the word functions as a noun whose endings change since Basque practices declension of nouns. It is a loan word which ultimately originates in the Latin musica ("the art of music") and the ancient Greek mousikos ("pertaining t…
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Euskaldunak is the Basque equivalent of the English phrase "People that speak Basque". Specifically, the word is a noun in its plural form. It often may be found translated as "Basque people" even though the context is linguistically based (as opposed to the culturally-, ethnically-defined term Eu…
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Those who support complete independence of Euzkadi ("The Basque Country") from France and Spain have been called Basque extremists. Specifically, Euzkadi consists of three provinces which are found on the northwestern side of border between southwestern France and northwestern Spain as well as of fo…
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About 1,200 people may have been killed during the Basque conflict. Specifically, the total depends upon the scope and timeline which are accepted as part of defining the when and where of what "Basque conflict" means. The counting of casualties generally occurs as of 1959, when Euskadi Ta Askatasu…
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Basque and Spanish are the spoken languages of the Basque provinces in Spain. Specifically, Basque is spoken in four provinces of northern Spain. The provinces of Araba, Bizkaia, and Gipuzkoa join to form the autonomous Basque Country within the Kingdom of Spain. The province of Nafarroa represents…
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The Basque is an area at the western end of the Pyrenees. Part of the Basque country is in Spain, and part in France.
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Gerra is a Basque equivalent of the English word "war". Specifically, the word is a noun in its singular form. Depending upon their birthplace, some speakers instead may use the words gerla or guda. The pronunciation will be "GHER-ra" in Gipuzkoan (Guipuzcoan) Basque.
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Euzko Alderdi is a Basque equivalent of the English phrase "Basque party". Specifically, the adjective euzko means "Basque". The noun alderdi translates as "(political) party". The pronunciation will be "ey-oo-sko al-der-dee" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.
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Farming, fishing, herding, and small-scale business are the ways by which many Basque people earn their living. Specifically, the Basque people are known for their expert fishing of the waters off southwestern France and northwestern Spain. They also excel at farming the nearby interior and at herdi…
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Herrialde is a Basque equivalent of the English word "country". Specifically, the word is a noun in its singular form. It will look different depending upon its role in a sentence since Basque is a language which meticulously conjugates verbs and declines nouns. The pronunciation will be "er-RYAL-…
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Unknown are the origins of the Basque language. Specifically, experts and scholars give Euskara ("Basque language") its own linguistic category as a language isolate since it is not known to be related to any other language in the world. Some scholars nevertheless hypothesize that the language may…
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Gatazka is a Basque equivalent of the English word "conflict." Specifically, the word calls to mind "the dispute" of Basque- and non-Basque speakers. It functions as a noun in one of its singular forms. Its endings will change according to its use in a phrase or sentence and the case in which it is…
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That it is an ancient language of southwestern Europe and that it may be an ancient language of Eurasia's Caucasus is the history of the Basque language.Specifically, the Basque language is known to have been spoken before, during and after ancient Greek and Roman contacts with the Iberian Peninsula…
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Elur is a Basque equivalent of the English word "snow". Specifically, the word is a noun in its singular form. But just as Basque verbs need to be conjugated, Basque noun must be declined. The pronunciation will be "ey-loor" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.
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Community, defense, and industry describe how the Basque people have lived and continue to survive to this day. Specifically, the Basque people inhabit the area on both sides of the border separating southwestern France from northwestern Spain. They perpetuate their unique identity and language thro…
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Opportunities for defense and escape is a statement which explains how geography helped the Basque culture to survive. Specifically, the culture of the Basque people can be found along the coasts and nearby interiors of southwestern France and northwestern Spain. Access to the sea means that the Bas…
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No language thus far is proven to be similar to Basque. Specifically, the modern Basque homeland can be found in northern Spain and southern France. The country's language is unrelated to any of the area's modern languages. Further research may establish similarities between Basque and the ancient …
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Language isolate is the language family in which Basque belongs. Specifically, the term designates languages which have no known relatives in any of the known existing and extinct languages. Basque falls into that category because no connections have been established between it or any other langua…
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Yes, the Basque language can be difficult to learn.Specifically, there are seven main provinces where Basque is spoken: three in southwestern France and four in northwestern Spain. Each province has its own form of Basque. There also is an evolving standard Basque (Batua, "unified") which may overla…
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Bakar and berebiziko are Basque equivalents of the English word "unique." Specifically, the adjective bakar means "unique" in the sense of "only, sole." The adjective berebiziko translates as "unique" in terms of "exceptional, one-of-a-kind." The respective pronunciations will be "bah-KAHR" and "B…
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Ancient and modern times are the periods during which the Basque people have lived and continue to live. Specifically, the Basque people are found on both sides of the border between southwestern France and northwestern Spain. Their presence in the area goes back over 2,000 years since the ancestors…
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It is believed the first people to come to Ireland came from the northern parts of Spain, which is where the Basque region would be. It would be about 8000 years ago.
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That it is indicative of the uniqueness of Basque culture and that it survives from ancient times are what make the Basque language so popular. Specifically, the people of France's three Basque provinces, Navarre, and Spain's three Basque provinces are dissimilar and similar to the other peoples of…
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Dairy products, meat, seafood, and vegetables characterize the Basque cuisine. Specifically, the Basque people traditionally engage in farming, fishing, and herding. They have access to fertile lands and to fish-rich ocean waters. They also raise livestock, among which sheep are favored and from whi…
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The short answer is no. The long one is that basque has some subtle influence from the celtic languages that used to be spoken in northern and central Iberian peninsula. This influence can be only found in very few words.
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It is an adventurous, hard-working, independent-minded and traditional kind of people that speaks the Basque language. Specifically, Basque language speakers are called Basques in English. Throughout history, they evidence adventure in their economic reliance upon fishing and their maritime involve…
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France and Spain are the two main countries to be visited by those who seek to meet the Basque people. Specifically, the Basque people live in Euzkadi ("The Basque Country"). They therefore may be found along the border of southwestern France in terms of the northern limits of their homeland. They a…
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Bizia ona da! is a Basque equivalent of the English phrase "Life is good!" Specifically, the noun bizia is "life". The adjective ona means "good". The verb da means "is". The pronunciation will be "BEE-zya O-na da" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.
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Giovane is an Italian equivalent of the Spanish name Garci. The pronunciation of the masculine singular adjective/noun/pronoun -- whose origins in Spanish trace back to the Basque word gazte ("young") -- will be DJO-va-ney" in Italian.
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Gaur is a Basque equivalent of the English word "today". Specifically, the word functions as an adverb. As an important adverb of time, it tends to begin, not end (as happens sometimes in English), a phrase or sentence. The pronunciation will be "gowr" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.
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Isolate, Eskimo-Aleut, and Indo-European are the language families to which Basque, Inuktitut and Welsh respectively belong. Specifically, Basque appears to be unrelated to any other known language. Inuktitut belongs to the Eskaleutian family of languages of nothernmost Eurasia and North America. W…
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France and Spain are the countries from which the Basque people wanted their freedom. Specifically, the Basque live predominantly in seven provinces which straddle both sides of southwest France's border with northwest Spain. They may share such economic activities as farming, fishing, small-scale…
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France and Spain in Europe, Mexico in Latin America, and California and Nevada in the United States of America are places where the Basque people can be found. Specifically, the Basque homeland can be found on either side of the borders to southwestern France and northwestern Spain. Particularly in …
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Northern Spain and southern France are where the Basque people live and Basque, French and Spanish are their spoken languages. Specifically, three Basque-speaking provinces are found on the northwest side of the France-Spain border. Three Basque-speaking provinces and the multilingual province of N…
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Basque Separatists want Navarra to be part of Basque land, as well as part of S France to create a homeland for 3 million Basques.
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Economic, linguistic, political and social concerns are the issues of Spain's Basque people. Specifically, the Basque people aspire to cultural survival within a country whose people they do and do not resemble. They feel that the revenues and taxes which were generated and imposed during the year…
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Spain is the name of the European country in which Bilbao is a center of Basque culture. Specifically, Bilbao is a major city of Basque culture, coastal businesses and industries, and tourism in northwestern Spain. It is located in the Basque- and Spanish-speaking province of Biscay (Bizcaia in Ba…
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The inhabitants of ancient Aquitania and Iberia are the peoples who spoke Basque. Specifically, the two above-mentioned regions can be imagined as occupying the geographic space now occupied by northern Spain and southern France. It is thought that the ancient languages of those two regions may hav…
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No, just a Comunidad Autónoma. However, it is worth noting that unlike the United States, not all Comunidades Autónomas are equally subjected to federal scrutiny. In particular, País Vasco, literally Basque Country, is far more independent than most other Comunidades other than Cataluña. This wo…
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The Basques are not represented by the country of Spain; they have their own culture, language, etc.they speak basque, a language unlike any other in the world. Having lived in Spain longer than any other group, many basque want independence in order to preserve their way of life.I'am a Basque Ameri…
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The basque people and their party Eta , are fighting a violent cause to get a area free from Spain for the basque people.
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How to preserve their culture and language and upon what basis to relate to the countries of westernmost Europe are the conflicts which exist among the Basque people. Specifically, cultural concerns are epitomized in language use since the Basque people's native language is not a Romance language. O…
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That it is spoken within an area populated by speakers of Romance languages but that it is not related to any regional or any other world language is what is so unusual about the Basque language. Specifically, the Basque language can be heard on both sides of the border separating southwestern Franc…
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Cultural integrity and historic precedent are two main reasons why the Basque people seek independence from Spain. Specifically, the Basque language is unrelated to any of Spain's dialects and languages. From World War II (1939-1945) until his death, Francisco Franco y Bahamunde (1892-1975) opposed…
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Businessmen, descendants of immigrants, diplomats, spouses, students and teachers are who the Basques are in Italy. Specifically, the Basques are not considered an ancient people of insular or peninsular Italy. They inhabit coastal, hilly and mountainous areas of southwest France and northwest Spai…
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Geography, history, language, law, politico-economics and society are reasons why the Basque people feel separate from Portugal and Spain. Specifically, the Basque people claim a small part of the Iberian peninsula, of which Spain claims the lion's claim and Portugal part of the Atlantic coastline…
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It is through cultural, economic, geographical and political factors that the language became Basque. Specifically, Basque language-speakers belong to a self-preserving culture; if it were not so, the language would not have survived the area's politics and wars. They also enjoy an economic system …
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The Basque Language, which is the language spoken by the Basque people, is currently used in Southern France and in Northern Spain.
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Yes they did. They were shorter than those worn in Scotland and Ireland from what I understand. As to the textiles or patterns of the materials used I have no knowledge.
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Spain is the country with which Basque strongly is identified even though the language also is spoken in France. Specifically, the Basque language is spoken on both sides of the border between France and Spain. In the northern Basque Country - on the border's French-speaking side - Basque-speakers…
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Bilbo is the largest city in the Basque Country. Specifically, the city carries the English and Spanish names of Bilbao. It functions as the capital city and cultural, industrial and services center of the Basque Country's province of Bizkaia (Vizcaya in Spanish, Biscay in English). Its population …
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The northern borders and the remote northwest are where the Basque and Galician languages are respectively from in Spain. Specifically, the Basque and Galician languages are more or less spoken nowadays where they were used anciently. Basque is a unique language whose linguistic story is unlike tha…
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It was often people part of the IRA or UVF during the troubles
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By land the most ancient times and by a combination of overland and water routes in less ancient times are the ways that the Basque people got from northern Spain to Ireland. Specifically, the Basque and the Irish are genetically linked through the maternal H and paternal r1b lines. They have a com…
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No, they are not.
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Kaixo! is a Basque equivalent of the English word "Hello!" Specifically, the word functions as a greeting. It is one of several greetings with which the visitor to Euzkadi ("The Basque Country") may be met. The pronunciation will be "keye-SHO" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.
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It is unknown where the Basque language came from. Specifically, the Basque language is unrelated to any of the dialects and languages which can be found in France and Spain, across whose borders the Basque Country (Euzkadi) is located. Some scholars suggest that Basque may be the language spoken b…
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Generally fair and tall concerning appearance and choosing and defending accessible and inaccessible sites are reasons why the Basque people are from northern Spain. Specifically, the question "how are" can be asking for what the Basque people look like or for why they inhabit the area which they d…
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Yes, Basque is spoken in countries other than the Basque Country. Specifically, the term actually applies to the three Basque-speaking provinces in southwestern France and the four Basque-speaking provinces in northwestern Spain. But currently, it designates the three autonomous provinces to the we…
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Fair and tall describes the appearance of the Basque people. Specifically, the Basque people are known for fairness of skin and lightness of eyes and hair. They also are known for their stature. Their appearance therefore makes them stand out in regard to Spaniards from southern Spain. Their height …
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Amona is a Basque equivalent of the English word "grandmother". Specifically, the word is a noun in its singular form. It in fact takes on slightly different forms depending upon its use within a phrase or sentence since Basque is a language in which nouns are conjugated. The pronunciation will be …
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Western Europe is the postulated origin of the Basque people even though the correct answer depends upon the location and timing of the emergence of the Basque language and of the self-identification of the language's speakers as uniquely Basque. Specifically, the Basque ultimately can be traced ba…
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ETA and other Basque groups have committed acts of violence and terror to attempt to create an independent Basque State. Most Basque violence has been focused on Spain as opposed to France.
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In Spain there are four Basque provinces, three of which form the autonomous community of the Basque country. They are Araba, Bizkaia, and Gipuzkoa. The fourth province is Nafarroa which has its own autonomic status and forms the Chartered Community of Navarre. These provinces form the so-called Sou…
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Euskaldunak is the name of the Basque people. Specifically, the word is a noun in its plural form. The ending, pluralizing letter -k specifies that more than one Basque (Euskalduna) is involved. The pronunciation will be "EY-oo-SKAL-doo-NAK" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.
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France and Spain are the places in Europe where the Basque culture can be found. Specifically, the Basque people engage in economic activities which are typical of the region: crafts, farming, fishing, herding, manufacturing, and tourism. But they exhibit distinct cultural differences which are epit…
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Mammals are what the Basque brought from northern Spain to Ireland. Specifically, research indicates that the badgers, mountain hairs, pygmy shrews and pine martins of Ireland trace back to the fauna of northern Spain. It is suggested that people speaking very ancient Basque (or its ancestor) saile…
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That the printing of books in Basque and the recognition of Basque as an honorable form of verbal and written communication were promoted and protected by non-Catholics is a reason why the Protestant Reformation resulted in conflicts with the Basque people. Specifically, the Protestant Reformation …
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Defense, language, and livelihood prompted the Basque people's articulation of their culture into one of communities. Specifically, the Basque people articulate a culture which is distinct from that of Spain's other surviving peoples. They therefore formed communities to protect their unique languag…
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No, basque people live in the Basque Country which is between Spain and France, in western Europe.
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Cultural integrity, economic survival, and political independence are some of the challenges which the Basque people face. Specifically, the Basque people aim to preserve their language, which is specific to their region and unknown by most of Spain. They engage in activities -- particularly farming…
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0.078% of French population speak basque. Anyway, Basque in France is only spoken in the french Basque Country (Iparralde). In this area 22.5% of the people speak fluently basque and there's another 8.6% who understand it but can't speak it.
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Definitely not. Although the Basque people are not classed as Indo-European, they are indigenous to the areas of France and Spain they occupy today - in other words they are the aboriginal people of those areas. The Romans called them Vascones and Aquitani; they were already living in the Basque cou…
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The countries are: France and Spain. The liberation fight that was now quit and originates from the group ETA has focused on Spain rather than France, because the majority of the basques live in spain and also the politics in Spain and France are rather different regarding the question of the basque…
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A language which is spoken on both sides of the border between southern France and northern Spain is what the Basque language is. Specifically, the language is not known to be related to any language in the region and in fact to any other language in the world. Some scholars link it to languages -- …
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Language is what predominantly makes the Basque people unique. Specifically, the language can be found on both sides of the border between northern Spain and southern France. But it is unrelated to any of the other regional languages and in fact to any other world language. The southwestern part of …
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Control, harassment and repression in terms of the civil war and autonomy in terms of the regional conflict are what happened to the Basque people after the war with Spain. Specifically, there are two recent wars which pit the Basque Country against Spain and vice versa in the twentieth century. Th…
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Lagundu al dezaket? and Lagundu dezaket? are Basque equivalents of the English phrase "Can I help you?" Specifically, the word lagundu is "help". The word al -- which often is dropped conversationally -- shows that a question -- whose answer basically involves "yes" or "no" -- is being asked. The wo…
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Amaia and Amaya are Italian equivalents of the Basque name Amaya. Specifically, the name is a feminine proper noun. It traces its origins back to the Basque word amai for "the end". Whichever spelling is used, the pronunciation remains "a-MEYE-a" in Italian.
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Andoni is a Basque equivalent of the English name "Anthony". Specifically, the name is a masculine proper noun. It is thought to originate from the ancient Etruscan culture of northern Italy. The pronunciation will be "an-DO-nee" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.
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It is unknown when or even if the Basque people discovered Ireland. Specifically, the Celts of Ireland and the Basque of southwestern France and northwestern Spain exhibit genetic similarities regarding the Y-chromosome. The Celts may have originated in Eurasia, where the ancient Tokharian language …
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Farming, fishing, herding, small-scale business and industry, and tourism constitute the economics of the Basque people. Specifically, the Basque people can be found along the coasts and nearby hilly/mountainous interiors of southwestern France and northwestern Spain. They have reputations as expert…
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The Basque were know for edged weapons and a Weapon know as the Makila, which looked like a walking stick but had an edged weapon secreted on the end. The Basque were also known for firearms manufacturing prior to WWII.
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