Gascony

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French Gascoigne, from Gasconia, from Vasconia from Latin Vascones, plural of Vasco, from Ancient Greek Οὐασκώνων (Ouaskṓnōn), as used by Strabo in his Geographica (23 CE), Book III.[1] either from αἴξ (aíx, goat) (literally “he-goat people”), or variant of Ausci (perhaps related to Euskara). Cognate to Basque (compare to Gascon).

For sound changes: /w/ → /v/ occurred in the change from Latin to Proto-Romance, while /w/ → /g/ (in loan words starting with /w/) common in (non-Iberian) Romance languages, notably French; compare warranty and guarantee, William and Guillaume. By contrast, /v/ developed into /b/ and /β̞/ in Spanish and Gascon (Spanish Vasco, IPA(key): /ˈbasko/), hence the divergence.

Proper noun[edit]

Gascony

  1. A former region in France that was eliminated during the French revolution.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Larry Trask, The History of Basque Routledge: 1997 →ISBN