Fennic


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Noun1.Fennic - one of two branches of the Finno-Ugric languages; a family of languages including Finnish and Estonian (but not Hungarian)
Finno-Ugrian, Finno-Ugric - a family of Uralic languages indigenous to Scandinavia and Hungary and Russia and western Siberia (prior to the Slavic expansion into those regions)
Permic - a group of Finnic languages spoken in the northwest Urals
Volgaic - a group of Finnic languages spoken around the Volga river
Baltic-Finnic - a group of Finnic languages including Finnish and Estonian
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A good example is the agreement in person and number on the "negative verbs" in Finnish and other Fennic languages of the Uralic family.
In this aspect, the meter of Fennic folk song is quite paradoxical: if we exclude the first syllable, in odd positions a light syllable with the main stress, in even positions a heavy syllable with the main stress is not admitted (the original form has been best preserved in Finnish kalevalamitta, but also in Estonian regisong, see Krohn 1926, compare the discussion in Poldmae 1978:151-157).
Development of laryngealization through apocope has been described for Livonian, an endangered Fennic language spoken in Latvia, where "stod" (a term mostly used for a similar feature with contrastive function in Danish) is realized as concomitant with the final remaining vowel: *valo > va'l 'light' (Eliasson 2005, 1117).