I know, I know
Having myself basque blood (my family name is basque), I searched all the
theories that appear and go..
Last I have heard related basque to georgian.
The link with kelts I think is discarded at present.
Also the relationship to georgian...
With best wishes
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Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 5:50 PM
Subject: [Zen] Re: FW: Quote from St. Thomas Aquinas
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Lluís Mendieta <lme...@...> wrote:
> Hi, Ed
> Thanks for map
> They forget the basques...
The mysteries of the Basque people and the Basque language have not been
fully resolved yet.
"Since the Basque language is unrelated to Indo-European, it's often thought
that they represent the people or culture who occupied Europe before the spread
of Indo-European languages there.
It is thought that Basques are a remnant of the early inhabitants of Western
Europe, specifically those of the Franco-Cantabrian region. Basque tribes were
already mentioned in Roman times by Strabo and Pliny, including the Vascones,
the Aquitani and others. There is enough evidence that they already spoke
Basque in that time.
The Basque language is thought to be a genetic language isolate. Thus Basque
contrasts with other European languages, almost all of which belong to the
large Indo-European language family.
Another peculiarity of Basque is that it has been spoken continuously in
situ, in and around its present territorial location, for longer than other
modern European languages, which have all been introduced in historical or
prehistorical times through population migrations or other processes of
Theories about Basque origins
The main theory about Basque origins suggested that they are a remnant of a
pre-Indo-European population of Europe.
DNA methods for seeking ancient ancestry are increasingly being used to test
the origins of the Basques. An interesting possibility is that Parkinson's
disease may be related to the Basque dardarin mutation. Partly as a result of
DNA analysis, "...there is a general scientific consensus that the Basques
represent the most direct descendants of the hunter-gatherers who dwelt in
Europe before the spread of agriculture, based on both linguistic and genetic
Some studies of Basque genetic markers have also suggested the possibility of
a connection with Celtic peoples of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. The
shared markers are suggestive of having passed through a genetic bottleneck
during the peak of the last ice age, which would mean the two peoples were in
Europe by at least about 17,000 years ago, and probably 45,000 to 50,000 years
Some authors have pointed out that the words for knife and axe may come from
the root word for stone, which would point to linguistic conservativism
preserving etymologies of at least the Neolithic. Mitochondrial DNA analysis
tracing a rare subgroup of haplogroup U8 places the ancestry of the Basques in
the Upper Palaeolithic, with their primitive founders originating from West
> Anyway, if hungarians and finnish speak same branch of language, and they
are not related genetically
> a) something is missing in study
> b) language has nothing to do with population origin
> Besides, as placed in an answer, that is probably statistical.
> I read another genetical map in which irish, british, french and catalans
are completely related and different form neigbourgs.
> Statistics are many times misleading; they could be used to proof what ever
one desires. Just question to choose the adequate variables.
> A two variables plot, is just a cut of a multi-dimension representation,
that could show a very distorted image of reality.
> Would be like to see world through a small hole.
> With best wishes