non-Indo-European language isolate spoken by the Basque people in parts of modern-day France and Spain
Basque is a language isolate ancestral to the Basque people, who are indigenous to and mainly inhabit the Basque Country, a region spanning an area in north-eastern Spain and south-western France.
- Translated by Guy Deutscher, The Unfolding of Language (2005), epigraph to chapter 1.
- Quoted in Scaligerana (1666), p. 36. Scaligerana contains Scaliger's own words as written down by his friends, probably after their conversations, but is generally considered reliable (see Scaligerana at the Warburg Institute).
- Basque phrasebook at Wikivoyage