In this paper I consider the chronology of the oldest identifiable loanwords that Spanish and other Ibero-Romance languages appear to have taken from Basque. The dating of these loanwords is somewhat more certain when they have undergone datable sound changes in the borrowing language. Here I focus on the medieval praenomen Miecha, seemingly from Spanish mi ‘my’ and Basque aita ‘father’. I consider the evolution form aita to -echa within the historical phonology of the Spanish language. The dating of borrowings from Basque to Romance may also help elucidate when the languages came into contact.
Original languageOther
Pages (from-to)345-351
JournalInternational Journal of Basque Linguistics and Philology
Issue number1/2
StatePublished - 2018


  • loanwords
  • Spanish-Basque historical contact
  • chronology of sound changes

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