Languages

Saami, Lule

Fact corner

  • Language: Saami, Lule
  • Alternate names: “Lapp” , Lule, Saami, julevsámegiella
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:smj
  • Language family: Uralic, Sami, Western, Northern
  • Number of speakers: 2,000

Introduction

Lule Sami is a Sami language spoken in Lule Lappmark, i.e., around Luleå, Sweden and in the northern parts of Nordland county in Norway, especially Tysfjord municipality, where Lule Sami is an official language. It is written in the Latin alphabet, having an official orthography.

The Verb

Pite Sami has:

  • 4 grammatical moods: indicative, imperative, conditional, and potential;
  • 2 simple tenses: past and non-past;
  • 2 compound tenses: Present perfect and Pluperfect;
  • 3 grammatical numbers: singular, dual, and plural;
  • 3 grammatical persons: first person, second person, and third person.

Negative Verb

Lule Sami, like Finnish, the other Sámi languages and Estonian, has a negative verb. In Lule Sami, the negative verb conjugates according to tense, mood (indicative and imperative), person and number.

Categories: Uralic | Sami | Language

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