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Thread: Which European language do you think has more Arab/Semitic influence?

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    Default Which European language do you think has more Arab/Semitic influence?

    which do you think receives more Arab elements?


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    Maltese language, it's not in the poll though.

    https://www.aus.edu/media/events/mal...-descendant-of

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    Persian

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    I think portugese.

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    Portuguese or Spanish

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    Maltese language is a Semetic language with Romance influences. If we are talking about Indo-European languages then Spanish and Portugues have some Arab influences due to the Moorish conquest.
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    It's Maltese (from Malta, in case you don't know), which is actually a Semitic language.
    As for the ones listed, the influence is limited to loanwords, mainly for objects, architecture or agriculture. Out of those, it's probably Spanish (Castilian) since the Moors were there until 1492 (Emirate of Granada) whereas Portugal finished reconquering its land from the Moors two centuries earlier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xripkan View Post
    Maltese language is a Semetic language with Romance influences. If we are talking about Indo-European languages then Spanish and Portugues have some Arab influences due to the Moorish conquest.
    About 10%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouxinol View Post
    It's Maltese (from Malta, in case you don't know), which is actually a Semitic language.
    As for the ones listed, the influence is limited to loanwords, mainly for objects, architecture or agriculture. Out of those, it's probably Spanish (Castilian) since the Moors were there until 1492 (Emirate of Granada) whereas Portugal had finished reconquering its land from the Moors almost two centuries earlier.
    Maltese is not a Indo-European complatement language.

    Do you also think that Spanish lenguage has more semitic influence than Portuguese?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggery View Post
    Maltese is not a Indo-European complatement language.

    Do you also think that Spanish lenguage has more semitic influence than Portuguese?
    It's a fact, not a matter of opinion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    Between the 9th century and up to 1249[3] when the Arabs were expelled from the Algarve, Portuguese acquired hundreds of words (between 400 and 600 estimate[4]) from Arabic by influence of Moorish Iberia.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    It is estimated that there are over two thousand Arabic loanwords and three thousand derivatives in the Spanish dictionary, making it 8% of the Spanish language.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influe...ther_languages

    And it makes sense that Castilian has more Arabic-derived words since as I said previously the Moors were out of Portuguese territory in 1249 whereas they remained in Spain until 1492 (Emirate of Granada).

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