Re: [Ltru] Re: Macrolanguage and extlang

John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org> Mon, 16 July 2007 17:40 UTC

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To: Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@nic.fr>
Subject: Re: [Ltru] Re: Macrolanguage and extlang
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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 .

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                John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>


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