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Iberian geography, history, geology, environment and climate => Nature and language => Topic started by: John C on December 27, 2007, 18:25 PM

Title: Balearic Spanish in the Sierras?
Post by: John C on December 27, 2007, 18:25 PM
Somewhere, somewhen I read that following the final expulsion of the Moors from the sierras of southern Spain, the villages were resettled by people 'imported' from the Balearics.  Furthermore I was told that, as a result, the dialects in these isolated villages are (or were until recently) more akin to Balearic/Catalan than the local Andalusian one.  Similarly the cakes/sweetmeats in these villages owed more to Balearics traditions than those of the south.

Unfortunately, I can't for the life of me recall where I came across this tale.  Anyone else heard this and, if you have, can you redirect me to the source (which was in English!),

John
Title: Re: Balearic Spanish in the Sierras?
Post by: Dave on December 27, 2007, 18:41 PM
Hi John
After the recapture of the Balearics from the Moors, the house of Barcelona repopulated the Islands with Catalans, info here
http://books.google.com/books?id=ytghV9q6v3cC&pg=PA59&lpg=PA59&dq=spanish+resettlement+after+the+moors&source=web&ots=ciKpLQrmhk&sig=pIxVnvbemwB4PReD2BdYYsynXhU
Regards
Dave K
Title: Re: Balearic Spanish in the Sierras?
Post by: Dave on December 27, 2007, 18:51 PM
Hi John
and an interesting map
http://www.proel.org/lenguas2.html
Regards
Dave
Title: Re: Balearic Spanish in the Sierras?
Post by: John C on December 27, 2007, 19:05 PM
Thanks Dave - what a brilliant map!   Interesting what you say about the Balearics since it fits, broadly speaking, what I've heard.  However, what I'd heard was that Catalan speaking Balearic people being transfered to the Sierras Nevada/Nieves etc,

John