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From: Sergejus Tarasovas
To: phoNet@egroups.com
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2000 11:24 AM
Subject: RE: [phoNet] Nenetsy

Could the Slavs on this group give me a quick and dirty way to form the English adjective for the Nenets language? Is 'Nenetsy' the Russian adjective for this Uralic language?
 
I'm looking for 'Nenetsic', a la Germanic Slavic Italic Hellenic etc-ic.
 
 
The Russian adjective looks like Nenetsky, from Nentsy 'the Nenets people'. Why not Nenetsian? :)
 
 
Or just Nenets, best of all. In English, there's a sensible tradition of using adj. = n. in troublesome cases. Basque, Yukaghir, Zulu, etc. serve so well in both functions that who would need "Basquian" or "Zuluic"?. I've never seen anything else than "the Nenets people/language" in scientific usage. The Polish adjectve is nieniecki (from Nieńcy, the people); the forms are closely parallel to the Russian ones. Anyway, what does it matter which form is preferred by Slavs? Here's a useful link.
 
http://www.helsinki.fi/~tasalmin/samoyed.html

Piotr