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Date:  17 Sep 2002 14:17 GMT
From:  LINCOM.EUROPA at t-online.de (LE)
Subject:  New book: Uralic linguistics

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Date:  17 Sep 2002 14:17 GMT
From:  LINCOM.EUROPA at t-online.de (LE)
Subject:  New book: Uralic linguistics


Main Language Shifts in the Uralic Language Group

Ago Kuennap
University of Tartu

The aim of this book is to address the issue of some main language shifts
in the group of Uralic languages. The motive for supposing the language
shifts is based on the newest research results in population genetics. Thus
Lapp (Saami) languages have long been supposed to have developed in the
manner that the Lapps' ancestors shifted from their earlier language to a
Finno-Ugric language form. The author believes that earlier the Lapps spoke
some kind of an unfamiliar language or a Finno-Ugric language form that they
changed for a Finnic language form. The data of population genetics make one
suppose that the development of Samoyed and Ugric languages took the same
course and that the Samoyeds' and Ugrians' ancestors shifted from their
ancient, probably a Paleosiberian language form to a Finno-Ugric language
form. At this the linguistic data seem to indicate that the Samoyeds obtained
a Finnic(-Lapp) language form. A peculiarity of Mordvin languages =96 in word s=
tock they are close to Finnic languages, in grammar to Ugric and Samoyed la=
nguages =96 makes one also suppose a language shift.=20
      The introductory chapter I of this book addresses the question of the=
 historical development of groups of languages by way of convergence and di=
vergence, gives a short overview of the nature of the innovative treatment =
of Uralistics as well as the author's aspirations to distinguish between th=
e actual factology of Uralic languages and mythical perceptions emerged in =
Uralistics. Chapter II is dedicated to mainly three language shifts in the =
Uralic language group: Samoyed, Lapp and Ugric along with Mordvin. Chapter =
III is meant to set a background for the language shifts under observation =
by means of several more recent investigated concrete lexical and morphosyn=
tactical treatments. As related to it, the author observes the substratum t=
oponymic matter of North Russia which is unquestionably partly of the Finni=
c type and which testifies to the existence of onetime spoken languages of =
that type considerably farther in the east than the present-day Finnic ling=
uistic area reaches (supposedly the Samoyeds' shift to a Finnic language fo=
rm took place somewhere in the east). The linguistic area of the use of the=
 accusative and genitive direct objects as well as the initial component n =
of personal suffixes in the Uralic language group also speaks for the shift=
 from Samoyed former language(s) to a Finnic language form. In Chapter IV a=
n example of evidentiality in the Uralic language group is given, illustrat=
ed by the Samoyed Enets: there is nothing specifically intrinsic to Uralic =
languages in it.=20
     The book ends with a Conclusions, an appendix with Figures and a Refer=
ences.


ISBN 3 89586 454 4.
LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 45.
66pp. USD 36 / EUR 38 / GBP 24.

Books available o) alphabetically arranged by series o) alphabetically arra=
nged by author 0) listed by ISBN. Go to http://www.lincom-europa.com.


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