Languages

Finnish, Kven

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Introduction

The Kven language is spoken mostly by the Kven population in Northern Norway. From a linguistic point of view the Kven language is a mutually intelligible dialect of Finnish, but for political and historical reasons it received in 2005 status of a legal minority language in Norway, within the framework of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

The Verb

  • 3 modes: indicative, conditional, imperative
  • 4 tenses: present, preterite, perfect, pluperfect
  • 2 numbers: singular, plural
  • 3 persons.

Sample verb: saađa 'to get'

INDICATIVE CONDITIONAL IMPERATIVE
Present Past
Sg.1 saan sain saisin -
Sg.2 saat sait saisit saa
Sg.3 saapi sai sais saakhoon
Pl.1 saama saima saisima saama
Pl.2 saatta saitta saisitta saakkaa
Pl.3 saađhään saathiin saatais saakhoot
Passive saađhään saathiin saatais saatakhoot

References

http://uit.no/getfile.php?PageId=7815&FileId=19(approve sites)

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