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Morottaja, P., Olthuis, M.-L., & Brecciaroli, F. (2022). Anarâškielâ postpositioi pelni já piälán čäällim sierâ já oohtân tievâdâsâinis SIKOR-tekstâčuágálduvâst. Nordlyd, 46(1).

Anarâškielâ postpositioi pelni já piälán čäällim sierâ já oohtân tievâdâsâinis SIKOR-tekstâčuágálduvâst

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Author: Morottaja, Petter1; Olthuis, Marja-Liisa1; Brecciaroli, Fabrizio2
Organizations: 1Oulu ollâopâttâh, Giellagas-instituut
2Anarâškielâ servi ry.
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Language: Inari Sami
Published: University of Tromsø, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-10-18


Inari Saami does not have a strong written tradition. The current orthography was adopted as recently as the 1990s, and the revitalization process is beginning only now to shift its focus from increasing the number of speakers to strengthening the literacy of the language. This article studies the Inari Saami postpositions pelni and piälán as well as their shorter forms peln/beln and pel/bel. The main question is whether these postpositions are joined to the noun preceding them or stand after it as separate words. The research is based on the SIKOR Inari Saami free corpus developed by the Giellatekno team. The postpositions have been analyzed semantically taking into account the frequency with which they occur in the literature. They have been divided into four semantic groups: 1) place, 2) orientation and direction, 3) time and 4) other semantic categories. The long forms pelni and piälán are mostly written as separate words — except for when they are used to express orientation or direction — whereas the short forms peln/beln and pel/bel are usually joined to the preceding word other than in time expressions. Alternative explanations for such variation are also discussed.

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Series: Nordlyd
ISSN: 0332-7531
ISSN-E: 1503-8599
ISSN-L: 0332-7531
Volume: 46
Issue: 1
Pages: 171 - 180
DOI: 10.7557/12.6384
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Copyright information: © 2022 Petter Morottaja, Marja-Liisa Olthuis jáFabrizio Brecciaroli. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons “Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International”license.