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Subject: Vs: [Leica] Non-Leitz Leica-fit stuff
From: "Raimo Korhonen" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 21:18:04 +0100

I am not a linguist but I have studied a couple of Finno-Ugric languages (Estonian and Hungarian) and I am a natural speaker of one (Finnish) and as far as I know Turkish is not related to Finno-Ugric languages although the Turks seem to think so. The are some words loaned from Turkish to Hungarian and vice versa but that´s about it. Japanese is not related to Finnish but there are similarities. Actually Korean is a very, very, very distant relative of Finnish but AFAIK Korean and Japanese are not related. Of course, if you go as far back as to the famous Lucy, we are all relatives. 
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Lähettäjä: Marc James Small <>
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Päivä: 22. tammikuuta 2001 22:45
Aihe: Re: [Leica] Non-Leitz Leica-fit stuff

>At 02:19 PM 1/22/2001 -0500, Martin Howard wrote:
>>Hmmm, I thought Finnish only shared linguistic roots with Hungarian?
>Well, we're in the field of speculative linguistics, but a fair summary of
>the current state of the field would be to state that Finnish is the
>westernmost outpost of a Central Asian linguistic family known as the
>Finno-Ugric Group and Japanese is its easternmost outpost, making them
>about as closely related as, say, Armenian and Spanish or Hindi and Swedish.
>Hungarian and Turkish also are related to the Finno-Ugric Group but seem
>to be a bit more removed from the mainstream of that group than is Finnish.
>This is all a bit moot, and linguistics are busily spilling lots of ink on
>the matter even as I type this.
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