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A grammar of Skolt Saami. by Timothy Feist

By Timothy Feist

Skolt Saami is an jap Saami language in the Uralic family members. This grammar offers an outline of the phonology, morphology and syntax of Skolt Saami, paying specific cognizance to its hugely advanced morphophonological and inflectional platforms. perception into the constitution of Skolt Saami discourse is supplied by way of 4 glossed texts. This grammar will function a major software for theoretical linguists and typologists in addition to source for the language group and others drawn to Saami languages.

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The reason given for using this diacritic is to indicate an open-mid front vowel /ɛ/ in cases where it might otherwise be mistaken for a more close-mid front vowel /e/. 3, the question of whether /ɛ/ and /e/ are phonemic, or instead simply allophonic, is discussed in depth. It is argued that there is reason to believe this contrast is only allophonic and if this is indeed the case it renders it unnecessary to mark this distinction in the orthography. This theory is strengthened by the fact that this diacritic is only to be found in the dictionary in two environments.

9 : 4 ! $ )*+-. "#$%&'( Figure 10. Spectrogram of the sequence tõn še 'this also' The distinction in phonologically 'voiced' and 'unvoiced' fricatives in Skolt Saami might therefore be better attributed to other acoustic dimensions, such as the intensity of the high frequency noise associated with the respective phonemes (see discussion relating to cross-linguistic acoustic dimensions of voicing contrasts in Haywood 2000: 196). The high frequency noise (encircled in both Figure 9 and Figure 10) is more intense in the case of the voiceless fricative /ʃ/ as represented by the darkness of the spectrogram.

It is also hoped that, by doing so, it will also be useful to future generations. It therefore avoids focusing on a particular theory or school of thought that would otherwise render this grammar inaccessible to some or useless, should that theory go out of fashion. While it could be said, therefore, that this grammatical description is atheoretical in nature, no descriptive work can be entirely void of theory, since one cannot describe a language without making some theoretical assumptions. This work, then, follows the framework known as "Basic Linguistic Theory".

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