John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: April 15

Ten Uralic languages and where they are (or were) spoken:

  1. Erzya (Republic of Mordovia, Russia)
  2. Estonian (Estonia)
  3. Komi (Komi Republic, Russia)
  4. Votic (Latvia)
  5. Akkala Sami (extinct; formerly spoken in villages of A´kkel and Ču´kksuâl, Murmansk, Russia)
  6. Meänkieli (Sweden)
  7. Merya (extinct; formerly spoken in what is now the Yaroslavl region of Russia)
  8. Kven Finnish (Norway)
  9. Khanty (Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous District, Russia)
  10. Magyar (Hungary)

Uralic languages are spoken by about 25 million people, mostly in eastern and northern Europe, northern Asia, and my house, which is inhabited by a large number (relative to the number of occupants) of Hungarians. To my ear, Magyar tends to sound more foreign than other European languages, probably because it derives from an entirely different linguistic family. I would presume the same is true of the other Uralic languages.


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