Re: Basque, what my note says.......

Mr. N. Miura (
Wed, 16 Aug 95 15:18:53 GMT

In article <40m70o$f92@medici.trl.OZ.AU> (Jacques Guy) writes:
>From: (Jacques Guy)
>Subject: Re: Basque, where did they come from?
>Date: 14 Aug 1995 10:56:56 +1000
>(David A.H. Perry) () writes:
>>Bryan Cowan ( wrote:
>>: As I understand it, the Basque language is in a different language family
>>: (I once read it was a *Na-Dene* language or something like that).
>> ^^^^^^^^^^
>>To me the Dene people are the "Navajo." Very curious...Explain? I'm lost!
>You are right and he is right. Basque is an isolate, so crackpots, left,
>right, and centre, have been trying to tie it with this or that language,

Sorry to break in. I was not following this thread so I may be repeating
what someone might have said before.

My note lists the Basque language under a group Sino-Caucasian, in line
with Sino-Tibetian and North Caucasian. According to archaeological and DNA
evidences, the Basque has been a distinct population for at least 18,000
years there. It is the only survivor of the languages spoken in the
southern and eastern Europe before the arrival of the Indo-European
languages. This ancient population was isolated in this region at the peak
of the last ice age. It seems that the cultural differences (including the
language) and the geographical barriers contributed to the maintenance of
the genetic identity, the culture and the language..........fascinating, isn'
t it!

Nobby Miura