|Subject:||Re: Some links about Uralic languages|
|Author:||Lassia (guest, 126.96.36.199)|
|Date:||October 2, 2004 at 9:45:50 AM|
|Reply to:||Re: Some links about Uralic languages by Mari|
I must also add that Finnish is said to be the 'icebox' of (Indo-)European languages. Over the centuries, the interaction between the Finnish people and the rest of Europe has made quite an impact in the Finnish language. A number of originally Indo-European structures and words have survived 'deep-frozen' in Finnish, relatively unchanged. A text-book example is the Finnish word 'kuningas' (king). Etymologists have reconstructed the original Indo-European form to be *kuningaz. The word was obviously borrowed into Finnish at an early stage. In other languages, the present-day words deriving from that root have obviously gone through major changes: 'king' (English), 'König' (German), 'kung' (Swedish) etc.
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