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Re: Uusisuom's influences

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 3, 2001, 17:55
I wrote:
>>Wouldn't that depend on when the Finns took over their language >>compared to when Finno-Lappic split up into Balto-Finnic and >>Lappic? Does anyone know when the Finns got to Finland and when >>Finno-Lappic split up? > >If the Finns' ancestors took over Proto-Finnic (the britannica's term - the >same as your "Finno-Lappic" AFAICT), then they didn't take over Saami, did >they? ;-) > >I don't think anyone knows when the Finns came to Finland, and as for when >Finnic split into Baltic-Finnic and Saami one can only make educated >guesses >from the closeness of the groups and various loans in various directions.
Correction: The britannica claims that the Finns came to modern Finland around 100AD, and that before that the entire area was probably populated by Saami-speakers. They also write that the Saami have lived in northern Scandinavia and the Kola for millennia, and that their origin is obscure. Apparently they're even considered Palaeo-Siberian by some. In another article it's stated that Proto-Uralic was spoken seven to ten thousand years ago, probably in the central Urals. Andreas _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at