|From:||Danny Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, June 4, 2000, 23:38|
>From: John Cowan <cowan@...>
>Jarkko Hietaniemi scripsit:
> > Sadly enough
> > I don't know enough about other Fenno-Ugrian languages like Estonian
> > and Hungarian, but I have a very strong hunch that they are similar
> > in this regard.
>They are, indeed.
From what I've seen Estonian could almost be dialect of Finnish! The
difference is that in Estonian there are new letters like c, s and z with
caron (used like Latvian or Czech), and o-tilde, which is a mid-high back
unrounded vowel (IPA small gamma). Also, where Finnish uses <p>, Estonian
uses <b> (which is still pronounced /p/; where Finnish uses <pp>, Estonian
uses <p> -- and Estonian <pp> is actually a ultralong or tripled [!]
Doubled vowels are also a convention in Estonian. And check out these two
kuuuurija "moon explorer"
jäääärne "edge of the ice"
Hungarian and Ugric are pretty different, albeit still obviously Uralic.
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