Between Northern Portugal and Galicia, there was once a territory controlled by neither Portugal nor Spain. I’m talking about Couto Misto, which existed for centuries before its official partition in 1864, through the Treaty of Lisbon. Until then, it was independent
If you ever visit Galicia, you’ll find there are two official languages there: Galician and Spanish. For an English speaker, it may be difficult to…
One way to travel through languages is to take a word and pull the thread. Let's try it with port wine...
In the third and final part of the article, we compare language to clay.
In this second part of the article, there's a lot of talk about Basque — and Greek. I also ask: When does a language become another language?
Was Irish invented in the twentieth century? Did Galician emerge in the nineteenth century? Of course not, but some say so.
Answering this question helps us to understand the value of translation.
Let us imagine what it would have been like to travel from Lisbon to the Pyrenees 700 years ago.
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