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The Russian loanwords in literary Estonian.


The Russian loanwords in literary Estonian.

Blockland, Rogier.



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Veroffentlichungen der societas uralo-altaica; v.78


Despite Estonia having been part of the former Soviet Union for some 50 years and in direct contact with the Russian and East Slavic languages for a millennium, there has apparently not been a monograph treating these influences on literary Estonian. In a volume adapted from his PhD dissertation (U. of Groningen, 2005), Blockland fills this gap with historical context on a language that is part of the southern branch of the Finnic and its loanwords from Estonian-Russian contacts. After differentiating between loanwords and internationalisms, he situates the former in the context of major Estonian language sources. Etymological articles are organized by the Estonian headword, Russian original, comments, and relevant literature. An extensive word register by language source is appended.

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