Ingrian language, alphabet and pronunciation

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Ingrian (Ižoran keeli)

Ingrian or Izhorian is a Finno-Ugric language spoken by about 500 people in Ingria, a region of Russia on the eastern shores of the Baltic. It is closely related to eastern dialects of Finnish. The majority of Ingrian speakers are elderly.

Between 1932 and 1937 a spelling system for Ingrian based on the Latin alphabet was used. A number of textbooks and a grammar were published, and the language was taught in schools on the Soikono Peninsula and around the mouth of the Luda River. From 1937 however, writing in Ingrian was forbidden and the Ingrian or Izhorian people, along with many other peoples, suffered mass repression.

A a Ä ä B b D d E e F f G g H h
I i J j K k L l M m N n Ö ö P p
R r S s T t U u V v Y y    
A a Ä ä B b V v G g D d E e Ƶ ƶ Z z I i
J j K k L l M m N n O o Ö ö P p R r S s
T t U u Y y F f H h C c Ç ç Ş ş ь  
A a B b C c D d E e F f G g H h I i
J j K k L l M m N n O o P p R r S s
Š š T t U u V v Y y Z z Ž ž Ä ä Ö ö

Ingrian pronunciation

Ingrian pronunciation

Notes

  • The letters Q, W and X [ks] are only used in names and loanwords from other languages.
  • Long vowels are doubled or written with a macron, e.g. ā, and are longer versions of the short vowels, except A - ā/aa = [ɑː].
  • Doubled consonants are longer versions of the single consonants, except hh = /x/.
  • L is palatalised (/lʲ/) before e, i, y, ä and ö

Sample text

Sis ku raasseli, otti hämmin kättee i lykkäis sinne kalloi, sis hää nägi kuim paljo seel on kallaa, arvais kuim paljo höö maksad. Siz raasseli märnää: kuimn paljo maksaat kalan? No kippari seeld märnää, sto viiskymmend rublaa! Seelt taaz raasseli mörnää: oda koltkymmend. Kolmaz veel lizäjää: oda viiskymmend. Kippari taaz mörnää: lissää veel! No olkaa sis viiz rublaa veel lissään! Sis kippari sanoo, sto: olkaa sis sevverran hintaa! Raasseli siz mörnää: ossettu on. Sis toized raasselin ajjaad loond poiz, a hää jääbi kallooja mättämää saahka. No viiz rublaa veel liitkoja kyzytti: naized ostiit pulgad a meehed joivad viinaa.

Source: http://depvladimir.narod.ru/urokkat/lingva.htm

Numbers in Ingrian

Links

Information about the Ingrian language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingrian_language
http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ижорский_язык

Online Ingrian lessons (in Russian)
http://in-yaz-book.narod.ru/izhor.html

Finno-Ugric languages

Enets, Erzya, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Karelian, Khanty, Komi, Kven, Livonian, Mansi, Mari, Moksha, Nenets, Sámi, Udmurt, Veps, Võro, Votic

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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