Re: OT: slightly OT: language ID's?
|From:||Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>|
|Date:||Monday, May 7, 2001, 18:10|
I have an idea. I will ask my friend who speaks Latvian fluently, if it is
Latvian. Only I don't have the sentence anymore.
On Mon, 7 May 2001, Vasiliy Chernov wrote:
> On Sat, 5 May 2001 00:55:13 +0100, Daniel44 <Daniel44@...> wrote:
> >The language is definitely Lithuanian.
> >The word for 'brother' in Lithuanian is 'brolis'.
> Yes. And in Latvian, _bra:lis_ (a: = a-macron). And a diminutive of it,
> _bra:litis_ (without the second macron, in the dictionary I checked).
> _Braliti_ can be Acc. sg., Voc. sg. or Nom/Voc. pl.
> _Folkloras Draugu Kopa_ means 'Group of Friends of Folklore' or 'Folklore
> Friends' Group' (Folklore-Gen. sg. Friend-Gen. pl. Group-Nom. sg.; for
> some reason, _folklore_ becomes in Latvian _folklora_, a feminine noun).
> _Skandinieki_ (Nom. pl.?) looks like a derivate of _skand-inat_ 'to bell,
> to sing loud (songs)', must be _skandinieks_ in Nom. sg., with the very
> productive Latvian suffix _-iniek(-s)_. (Not listed in my small
> dictionary, but a rather transparent formation).
> Could not analyze _Celiesti_; perhaps a form of _celties_ 'to rise, stand
> up' (the grammar outline in the dictionary I have handy is very
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Vasiliy Chernov" <bc_@...>
> >To: <CONLANG@...>
> >Sent: Friday, May 04, 2001 4:24 PM
> >Subject: Re: slightly OT: language ID's?
> >> -as is the genitive ending, I think. I don't really know Latvian, but
> >> this is definitely not in Lithuanian (which e. g. doesn't use macrons
> >> _a_ and _i_)
> >> Also, -(i)niek- sounds like a typical Latvian suffix (would be -inink- in
> >> Lithuanian). And bra:li:ti is perhaps a form (nom/voc. pl.?) of a
> >> diminutive from 'brother' (= Lith. _brolytis_?). My Lithuanian is worse
> >> than just rusty, though ;)
Ferenc Gy. Valoczy
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