The lonesome language
Recently I read an article about the Basque – the people nestled between France and Spain. With DNA testing and biological anthropology, they determined that the Basque actually are native of the region. But, the article didn’t say much about the language. It’s a lonesome language, with no modern relatives. English has a ton! German, French, Dutch, on and on.
How can a modern language have no relatives? Albanian is one, Korean too and many more. The theory is that related languages did exist but they died out through wars, disease and maybe Martian invasions (kidding!). Geography plays a role; the Basque are essentially hold up in the mountians, the Albanians were pushed to the sea and the Koreans took over a peninsula. Enjoy your Sunday!