RE: [Ltru] Re: Macrolanguage and extlang

"Kent Karlsson" <kent.karlsson14@comhem.se> Tue, 17 July 2007 18:01 UTC

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From: "Kent Karlsson" <kent.karlsson14@comhem.se>
To: "'John Cowan'" <cowan@ccil.org>, "'Stephane Bortzmeyer'" <bortzmeyer@nic.fr>
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Subject: RE: [Ltru] Re: Macrolanguage and extlang
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 20:00:52 +0200
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John Cowan wrote:
> Stephane Bortzmeyer scripsit:
> 
> > * Hungarian (linguistic best fit, since it is the closest language),
> 
> In fact the closest relatives of Finnish are Estonian and various
> minority languages of Russia, Latvia, Norway, and Sweden, comprising
> the Finnic branch of the Uralic language family.  Hungarian belongs to
> the Ugric branch, which is maximally distant from the Finnic branch.
> So this is like comparing English to Hindi and skipping over Scots,
> Frisian, and Dutch.
> 
> See http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=90210 .

I would give more credibility to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finno-ugric.

Sami languages are closely related to Finnish, which is not
reflected in the Ethnologue page but is reflected in the
Wikipedia page), Hungarian is quite distant from the Finnic
languages; English/Hindi is a good comparison. See the second
paragraph of that Wikipedia page.

		/kent k



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