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Noun1.Cheremis - a member of a rural Finnish people living in eastern Russia
Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, Soviet Russia, Russia - formerly the largest Soviet Socialist Republic in the USSR occupying eastern Europe and northern Asia
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2.Cheremis - the Finnic language spoken by the Cheremis
Volgaic - a group of Finnic languages spoken around the Volga river
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e) 'pottery' in Sinitic; 'clay' in Finnic [~ Finno-Ugric]; (2) 8015 [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (geng/canh/ET:kundA-/FI:kynta-) 'to plough' in Sinitic and Finnic [~ Cheremis kuncas 'to dig']; (3) 8CE3 [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (mai/mai/ET:muu-/FI:myy-) 'to sell' in Sinitic and Finnic [~ Uralic].
In addition to the description of their customs and way of life, linguistic information is also provided about the people (it is known that one of the informants was the Mordvin Nikon): Witsen established well ahead of his time that the Mordvin and the Cheremis people are linguistically related (and he compared this relatedness to that of the Low and High German people).
1961, An Eastern Cheremis Manual, Bloomington--The Hague (UAS 5).
1969, The Syntactical Distribution of the Cheremis Genitive II, Helsinki (MSFOu 146).
In Cheremis and in the Finnic languages unmarked objects next to indicative finite verbs are unattested, but in Lapp, the language most closely related to Finnic, they are found in the plural, as 11 shows:
This occurs especially in the 3pssg mainly in Cheremis [Mari] [--] Vogul [Mansi], Ostyak [Hanti] and Samoyedic, infrequently also in Mordvin.
ata) and 'thousand' (FU *sasra), also--'ten' in Permian (*das < Aryan) and--what is especially important here--by FU *luka 'count, counted' with derivatives meaning 'ten' in Lappish, Cheremis and Vogul (Honti 1993 : 120).