LINGUIST List 9.1314

Tue Sep 22 1998

Books: Finno-Ugric Langs

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  1. Johanna Laakso, Books: Uralic

Message 1: Books: Uralic

Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 23:54:04 +0300 (EET DST)
From: Johanna Laakso <>
Subject: Books: Uralic

Memoires de la Societe Finno-Ougrienne Vol. 230: Etelaviron murteen
sanaston alkuper. Itamerensuomalaista etymologiaa [The Origin of
Vocabulary in the South Estonian Dialect. Finnic Etymology] by Eino
Koponen. (ISBN 952-5150-18-6) 296 p.

Eino Koponen's Ph.D. thesis provides an etymological inventory of the
vocabulary characteristic of the extremely interesting but relatively
little-studied South Estonian dialect, in order to shed light on Finnic
historical dialectology. At the same time thought is given to basic issues
of Finnic etymology and word formation, especially the appearance of new
indigenous (basic) word stems.

Lexica Societatis Fenno-Ugricae Vol. XXVI. A morphological dictionary of
Tundra Nenets. Compiled by Tapani Salminen. (Publications of the Databank
for Endangered Finno-Ugrian Languages 3.) (ISBN 951-9403-99-X). 544 p.

Tundra Nenets, with more than 25,000 speakers in northernmost Russia and
Western Siberia, is the greatest and probably best-known language in the
Samoyed branch of the Uralic language family. This dictionary contains
approximately 19,000 words selected from the existing major Tundra Nenets
dictionaries. It includes 1) a reverse word list with inflectional codes
and derivational patterns, 2) an index of roots, where derivational
patterns are arranged following their base, and 3) an alphabetic index.
The dictionary completes the author's monograph on Tundra Nenets
inflection (appeared in the series "Memoires de la Societe
Finno-Ougrienne", Vol. 227, in 1997).

Lexica Societatis Fenno-Ugricae Vol. XXIII. H. Paasonens Mordwinisches
Wrterbuch. Mordovskij slovar' H. Paasonena. Zusammengest. von Kaino
Heikkil. Bearb. u. hrsg. von Martti Kahla. Vol. 1-5: 1990-1998.

Mordvin, with two standard languages, Erzya and Moksha, is spoken in
Western Russia by ca. 750 000 people, and forms an interesting link
between Finnic (Finnish, Estonian and their closest relatives) and the
other Uralic languages of Russia proper. The dictionary of Mordvin, based
on the great and extremely important material collected by the Finnish
linguist Heikki Paasonen and his Mordvin helpers between 1889 and 1912,
has now been published by Martti Kahla, in collaboration with Mordvin and
German colleagues. The dictionary consists of four volumes, with German
and Russian translations for every headword. The fifth volume is a Russian
index; a German index will appear in the future.

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