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Iberian divergence

Here’s a fun little bit from Philippe Wolff’s Western Languages: AD 100-1500 (London: Phoenix, 2003):

Karl Baldinger has collected together the features charactertistic of the divergent development of the Iberian languages in the following sentence:

Sp.: El ocho de enero, el hijo ciego llegò a la huerta con un cesto lleno de piedras y una paloma de color blanco.

Cat.: El vuit de gener, el fill cec arribà a l’horta amb un cistell ple de pedres i una coloma de color blanc.

Port.: No dia oito de janeiro, o filho chegou à horta com um cesto cheio de pedras e uma pômba de côr branco.

(On 8 January, the blind son arrived at the garden with a basket full of stones and a white dove.)