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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 [!] consonant /ppp/! Doubled vowels are also a convention in Estonian. And check out these two words: kuuuurija "moon explorer" jäääärne "edge of the ice" Hungarian and Ugric are pretty different, albeit still obviously Uralic. DaW. ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at