If the Basque language, Euskara, had been formed in Basque, it would sound a bit like its neighboring languages. Euskara has been found to have a relationship to Berber -- a pre-Arabic language of North Africa. This suggests that the language migrated there, which is quite possible with all that historic Mediterrean trade going on. Millions of people in Mexico speak Spanish, and the last time i looked, Mexico was not in Spain. By your logic, Mexican Spanish could have no relationship to Castillian Spanish.
Perhaps you'd like to subscribe to one of the many other theories of the Basque language: it is Dravidian, it is the lost language of Atlantis, it is Cro-Magnon, or (my personal favorite) it is from outer space.
Larry Trask, a prominent linguist, has made the most recent claim to deciphering the origin of Euskara as being Aquitanian. Until more contemporary linguists agree with him, I'm holding onto the African theory -- although he could quite possibly be right. This is his site: http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk/users/larryt/basque.html
here's a pretty good source for the Dravidian theory
even good old Edgar Cayce has got a theory
and for information in general about Basque/Euskara
Muiris Mag Ualghairg wrote:
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> > Basque is a North African language -- not much of a relationship.
> I don't see how you can claim that Basque is a North African language - last
> time I looked it was being spoken in the Basque country which isn't in North
> Africa. It doesn't appear to have any relationship to any of the languages
> of North Africa.
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