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Iberian languages

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I would be very interested to learn more Iberian languages as I know Spanish and am learning Portuguese on Duolingo. Galician would be interesting, especially because it is squeezed tightly between both. Also as I am learning Italian on Duolingo, Catalan would be interesting, due to the Italian and Spanish influence on it.

Is Basque classified as Iberian? I know that it is sometimes regarded as an isolate. It would also be interesting to learn since you could see what words were older from when it was more isolated, and what words have more Latin influence.

4 years ago

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The Basque language is an Iberian language due to the area it is in, but it does not come from Latin, so it is very different from all the rest (even if I guess it has some influences indeed, just as English have influences from French even if it is not a Latin language); as you say, it is considered an isolated language.

What you say is interesting! I am Catalan and while Catalan language got some influence in Italian territory, I have always related it to French more than Italian, being honest... I do not speak any Italian, though and now that I think about it, there are many words that are similar, but so are most Romance languages, I suppose? Thing is, I have always seen Italian-Spanish-Portuguese-Galician to be on one part and Romanian-Catalan(tied to Spanish)-French on the other. When it comes to hearing them, they sound like that to me XD

I know some people talked about Catalan when the incubator came out, but there is nothing as far as I know, nor Galician or Basque (which I find interesting too)... we will need to wait and see if those are developed, I guess! As I said in that discussion, I would love to help with Catalan if possible (after getting it back a bit)!

4 years ago

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Ikamjh
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Oh ok thanks. I'm not an expert on Catalan, I just know that it is spoken on the Italian (by sea of course) side of Spain and that there are (small/endangered/very few speakers) dialects of it spoken in Sardinia (I think). That's the main reason that I associated it with Italian.

4 years ago

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Oh, neither am I! :] I had only heard Catalan is official (co-official?) in L'Alguer. I remember I was very surprised to learn that Catalan was spoken in Italy!

Also do not take my words as proof of anything, they are just my own impression. As I said, I do not speak Italian and all those languages I mentioned are Latin ones, so the roots are the same, it is just that to me, they sound like that ;]

4 years ago

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Ikamjh
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Yes I was surprised too. I noticed it when I looked at the endangered languages map someone put a link to on the discussion page. It had the Alguerese dialect of Catalan listed as an endangered language.

4 years ago

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Ikamjh
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Mirandese would also be interesting.

4 years ago

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No. Basque is closely related to Aquitanian, but not to Iberian.

2 months ago