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Offline Dori

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A question about Slovenian
« on: October 02, 2017, 10:15:54 AM »
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Why do many words (names of places etc.)  of the language Slovene end with the suffix - j(e)?

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Re: A question about Slovenian
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2017, 06:01:26 AM »
The only one I can think off on the top of my head is "morje" (sea). You won't get answers to such questions here.

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Re: A question about Slovenian
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2017, 07:44:43 AM »
If you could give a list of examples we might be able to figure out the pattern. Or you could try an etymological dictionary.
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Re: A question about Slovenian
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017, 11:46:53 AM »
My guess would be that the ending "-je" corresponds to the PIE y-stem. "Morje" obviously comes from *mory and is cognate to Latin "mare" (stem being "mari-"). I don't know much about Slovenian though. In Croatian, "rje" gets monothongised into "re", so the Croatian word for "sea" is "more". This sound change is productive even today. For instance, the genitive singular of "vrijeme" should be "vrjemena", but is actually "vremena". Daniel, what are your thoughts on this?

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Re: A question about Slovenian
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2017, 07:00:52 PM »
I'm not familiar enough with Slavic etymology to comment on a specific suffix. What you said sounds reasonable. With more data I might be able to make a better guess, but I'm not sure.
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