Sami language

Template:Infobox language The Sami languages are spoken by the Samis, the indigenous peoples of Northern Europe. It is spoken in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. It is related to the Finnish, the Estonian, and the Hungarian language.

"The Sami languages ... are sometimes considered dialects of one language", says Encyclopædia Britannica; those who speak one Sami language, [mostly] do not understand other Sami languages; "[t]he Sami languages share many features (or things,) with the Baltic-Finnic languages (Finnish, Estonian, Karelian, etc.)," but "they cannot be closely related to any of these"... "[T]heir grammars are similar to that of Finnish, although their syntax has been influenced by the Scandinavian languages."[1]

Among the Sami languages are

Western Sami languages

Eastern Sami languages

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Sami languages and settlements in Russia:      Skolt (Russian Notozersky)      Akkala (Russian Babinsky)      Kildin      Ter

Related pages


  1. Accessed 2017-08-25
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  3. "Saami, South". Ethnologue.
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  5. "Saami, Pite". Ethnologue.
  6. "Saami, Lule". Ethnologue.
  7. "Saami, North". Ethnologue.
  8. "Saami, Inari". Ethnologue.
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