from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The branch of the Finno-Ugric subfamily of languages that includes Hungarian.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to a group of languages that includes Hungarian, Khanty and Mansi.
- proper n. A group of languages that includes Hungarian, Khanty and Mansi.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as Ugrian.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of the two branches of the Finno-Ugric family of languages; spoken in Hungary and northwestern Siberia
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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.
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.
About the Hungarian Language Hungarian is a Uralic language more specifically a Ugric language unrelated to most other languages in Europe.
The Sami dialects are Finno-Ugric, with borrowings from Norse and even from Latin and Greek.
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.
Glen, words borrowed between Indo-Iranian & Finno-Ugric c.2500 BC don't say much on PIE, only on I-I.
Finno-Ugric loans show us exactly what sounds PIIr had at the time.
Saami languages, being of the Finno-Ugric family, are agglutinative, creating words by linear concatenation of morphemes.
The theory that Hungarians are somehow not Finno-Ugric has roots in the old Turanian movement of the 1930s mixed with post WWII resentment of the Russians - I have heard the opinion that "the Khanty-Mansi theory is a commie plot to tie Magyars to russia!"
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