from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A subfamily of the Uralic language family that includes Finnish, Hungarian, and other languages of eastern Europe and northwest Russia.
- adj. Of or relating to the Finns and the Ugrians.
- adj. Of or relating to Finno-Ugric.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A group of languages that, together with Samoyedic, make up the Uralic family; they are spoken in a broad swathe from Siberia to Norway.
- adj. Of or relating to Finno-Ugric languages.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as Finno-Ugrian.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a family of Uralic languages indigenous to Scandinavia and Hungary and Russia and western Siberia (prior to the Slavic expansion into those regions)
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Compared to a Finno-Ugric language like Estonian or Hungarian, which has tons of cases with exotic names like the inessive, superessive, ablative, translative, and exessive, English seems as poor as a pauper on payday.
The English equivalents of those exotic Finno-Ugric cases are mostly recreated through humble prepositions.
The Merja people descend from an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe, are not part of the Slavic people who inhabit most of Eastern Europe, and originally hailed from a region in West-Central Russia, near the Volga.
Neo-Darwinism predicted that random mutations would pile up until the genes of mice and men were as different as, say, the Finno-Ugric and the English languages.
Finno-Ugric fossilizes early IIr *médʰu- but fails to show any trace of *mélit-.
The Sami dialects are Finno-Ugric, with borrowings from Norse and even from Latin and Greek.
Handbuch der Orientalistik, v.8 1988, p.274: Relating gradation to Uralic or even Finno-Ugric has been criticised because it is only a feature of the languages mentioned above and is not found in any other Uralic language.
Indo-Iranian for example shows original *o in Finno-Ugric loans cf. early Indo-Iranian *pórćas "pig" becoming Finnish porsas.
The one example of *jn is before *a. *jr appears before *a but not *i but there are some indeterminate cases as well. *lt appears before *a, but the only example before *i is Finno-Ugric.
Intervocally *p and *k appear before *a, but not *i though there are exceptions in Finno-Ugric.
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