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On Basque Astronymy: Preface
by M. G. Ramos
Tr: Blas Pedro Uberuaga
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For a long time, we have had the
publishing a study about Astronomastica Basque
forced us to suspend our work when we had collected
After various years, those notes have given rise to the present
and to a paper that, in abstract form, we just presented to
International Congress of Orientalistas, in Oxford, with the
sol y la luna en vascuence y en las lenguas indogermanicas.
We do not have the pretension of having exhausted the
having limited our study to the names of the two principle
Neither are we blind to the difficulty in formulating a theory
more than being new, clashes with established prejudices. We
material that, unfortunately, cannot leave the realm of
and conjecture and, as such, nearly all that has been said until
be considered, without ruling out any of our own opinions.
endeavored to ensure that the ideas of others are reflected with the
possible, and with frequency we have reproduced them
transcribing them in their original language when the
have been worth little or damaging to the form.
All of the works cited in the Bibliography have served and
greatly, but we should especially mention the
Vasco-Espanol-Frances of Azkue; the treaties of Basque
Uhlenbeck and Gavel; the folkloric material collected by
the Diccionario Sanscrito-Ingles of Monier-Williams;
vedica of Macdonell, and the linguistic studies of Max
Schuchardt and others. All of these are equally deserving of
the admiration and gratitude of those interested in Basque
Tarragona, September of 1928.
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