A grammar of Skolt Saami. by Timothy Feist

By Timothy Feist

Skolt Saami is an jap Saami language in the Uralic kin. This grammar provides an summary of the phonology, morphology and syntax of Skolt Saami, paying specific awareness to its hugely complicated morphophonological and inflectional structures. perception into the constitution of Skolt Saami discourse is equipped through 4 glossed texts. This grammar will function a major software for theoretical linguists and typologists in addition to source for the language neighborhood and others drawn to Saami languages.

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This is due to the fact that in Skolt Saami a consonant centre can only be filled by a simple consonant (either a short consonant, short geminate or long geminate) or a restricted number of consonant clusters which are permitted to form syllable codas. Clusters of consonants which are unable to form the consonant centre must necessarily belong to separate stress groups, or the third syllable of a trisyllabic stress group, indicating the likely presence of an overshort vowel. In the examples below, the overshort vowel is represented with a superscript A.

These texts were transcribed and edited to make suitable for publication; speech errors and repetitions were thus omitted. A subsequent recording of all the published texts was then produced to accompany the book. Other stories included in the book are translations from Finnish into Skolt Saami by Jouni Moshnikoff and originate from Ravila (1931). 33 The second source of texts used for linguistic analysis was the Research Institute for the Languages of Finland (= Kotimaisten Kielten Tutkimuskeskus [KOTUS]), based in Helsinki,9 who kindly supplied me with audio and video recordings of interviews with Skolt Saami speakers made during the last few years by researchers at this institute.

INITIUM and In trisyllabic stress groups the second unstressed The initial and final consonants of a stress group FINIS. Note that a vowel in the latus is referred to as vowel and a vowel in the vowel margin is referred to as MARGINAL vowel. ACC'. k– uu– sk– õõ– zz– i– d INITIUM VOWEL CONSONANT LATUS CONSONANT VOWEL FINIS CENTRE CENTRE MARGIN MARGIN An overshort vowel sound or short burst of aspiration is present at the end of many monosyllabic words in Skolt Saami, and corresponds historically to a lateral vowel which has been lost.

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