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To What Extent is Standard Finnish a Conlang?

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Monday, January 30, 2006, 17:05
Hey everyone.

Sorry for the long subject name, but I couldn't think of a shorter way to
phrase it. :P  So I've decided to post on something I've wondered about for
a while.  As the subject line says, I'm wondering how much of a conlang
Modern Standard Finnish is.  From what I understand so far, the language
was cobbled together out of several major dialects around the late 1800s.
What I'm wondering is, how many Standard Finnish words and inflections are
synthetic (and, thus, ultimately unetymological) compromises between the
different regional dialects.  Also, does spoken Finnish (where it differs
from the standard language) more accurately reflect the true evolution of
the language?

Thanks in advance. :)

- Rob


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