From: Miguel Carrasquer Vidal
><Galician is so closely related to Portuguese that some linguists prefer toMainly none of the above, but separate development (i.e. natural drift
>regard the <two as dialects of a single language -- yet Galician sounds
>more like Spanish than it <does like Portuguese.
>All right then, what makes Portuguese sound so distinctive? Is it a
>Lusitanian or other Iberian substrate, or some Punic or Moorish
>phonological influence, or is the Celtic element stronger, which the
>comparison to Galician might suggest, or did the Suevi get in there? None,
>other, or any combination of the above?