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Skuodian for 'language' (was: IT'S ALIVE!!!)

From:Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>
Date:Saturday, August 31, 2002, 14:05

> > > The Skuodian is _muova_ (really archaic) or _riet'e_ > (ideally, the t' > > > should be a 't-haczek') or _keelo_ > > > > "Muova" and "riet'e" I can follow, but where does "keelo" come from? > > Looks like Finnish "kieli", Estonian "keel" to me = "language".
Quite true. _Muova_ is a late borrowing from Polish, and thus quite close in meaning to its source (_mowa_), thus signifying both a language and a parable. The variation between _riet'e_ and _keelo_ is quite free, and usually depends on dialect. _Riet'e_ also has the specialised meaning "dialect" (and thus in scientific discourse _keelo_ means "[literary] language" as opposed to "dialect"), and it also has acquired, again via Polish, the additional meaning of "thing" (_rzecz_) Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Is mall a mharcaicheas am fear a bheachdaicheas --Scottish proverb