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An ancient form of Basque known as the Aquitanian language appeared in Roman inscriptions in Aquitaine, in southwestern France. The inscriptions consist of names of people and gods, and were written during the first and second centuries A.D.
The Basque language first appeared in Latin religious texts, the Emilian Glossesdating back to the 11th century. The first book published in Basque was a collection of poems entitled Linguae Vasconum Primitiae, published by Bernard Detchepare in 1545.
For centuries there was no standard spelling, and Basque was written with Romance spelling conventions supplemented with other signs to represent sounds not present in the Romance languages. In 1964 the Royal Academy of the Basque Language (Euskaltzaindia) published a new orthographic regulation, which met with some resistance at first, but which is now used by almost everyone.