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Re: Baltic languages, Baltiskās valodas

Postby Aigars » Fri 14 Aug 2009 12:16 am

There is a terribly large quantity of russian words in modern Latvian. And a bit more curiously, many similarities between the grammar of the two languages.
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Re: Baltic languages, Baltiskās valodas

Postby Aigars » Fri 14 Aug 2009 12:27 am

Another very interesting thing is the language purism Latvian linguist advocate.. They invest so many new and, according to many Latvians, ridiculous words every year.. For instance an almost literal translation of "hotdog" was made last year or so. Suņdesainis is the word for it now (suns = dog, desa = sausage).. Those of you who haven't got English as your native language will understand how ridiculous it would be if anyone did that to your own languages! :D
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Re: Baltic languages, Baltiskās valodas

Postby Sobekhotep » Fri 14 Aug 2009 2:06 am

Aigars wrote:Another very interesting thing is the language purism Latvian linguist advocate.. They invest so many new and, according to many Latvians, ridiculous words every year.. For instance an almost literal translation of "hotdog" was made last year or so. Suņdesainis is the word for it now (suns = dog, desa = sausage).. Those of you who haven't got English as your native language will understand how ridiculous it would be if anyone did that to your own languages! :D

The Lithuanian term is just dešrainis. No "dog" there! :)
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Re: Baltic languages, Baltiskās valodas

Postby Talib » Fri 14 Aug 2009 2:08 am

Aigars wrote:There is a terribly large quantity of russian words in modern Latvian. And a bit more curiously, many similarities between the grammar of the two languages.
We can attribute the loanwords to contact, and the similarities in grammar to both contact and common ancestry.
Yes. Thanks to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
You mean the union with Poland?
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Re: Baltic languages, Baltiskās valodas

Postby Sobekhotep » Fri 14 Aug 2009 2:24 am

Talib wrote:
Yes. Thanks to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
You mean the union with Poland?

That, too, but even before the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was established, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was already inhabited by many different Baltic & Slavic peoples.
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Re: Baltic languages, Baltiskās valodas

Postby Talib » Fri 14 Aug 2009 3:11 am

My apologies. I had conflated the two historical entities.
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Re: Baltic languages, Baltiskās valodas

Postby Sobekhotep » Sat 15 Aug 2009 2:56 am

Talib wrote:My apologies. I had conflated the two historical entities.

There's no reason to apologize. I don't think many people learn about the history of Lithuania in North American history classes. :)
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Re: Baltic languages, Baltiskās valodas

Postby VROOR » Sat 05 Dec 2009 6:27 pm

“Dievas davė dantis; Dievas duos duonos” (Lithuanian)
“Devas adadāt datas; Devas dāt (or dadāt) dhānās” (Sanskrit)
“Deus dedit dentes; Deus dabit panem” (Latin)
“God gave the teeth; God will give bread”.


The village chief: (Lithuanian) vëšpatis, (Sanskrit) viç-pátih, (Avestan) vīs-patiş. For house: (Old Indic) dámas, (Latin) domus, (Greek) δόμος, (Old Bulgarian) domъ, (Lithuanian) namas.

(Sanskrit) vŕk-as tiśthati
(Lithuanian) vilk-as stóvi
(Latin) lup-us stat
the wolf stands
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