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Languages => Language-specific analysis => Topic started by: giselberga on May 18, 2018, 09:06:10 AM

Title: Why do Finnish language use native tongue?
Post by: giselberga on May 18, 2018, 09:06:10 AM
Finnish language use native tongue like icelandic language
Why do Finnish language use native tongue?

Example
1) equator
Päiväntasaaja

2) system
Järjestelmä

3) January
tammikuu

4) false
väärä
Title: Re: Why do Finnish language use native tongue?
Post by: panini on May 18, 2018, 09:32:29 AM
I think you're asking why Finnish speakers use Finnish-based constructed compounds for certain words where you might expect a Latin-based loanword. In part it's because they can. In the case of järjestelmä, we can be fairly confident that this was a political decision by Agathon Meurman, the goal being to use Finnish resources rather than massively borrow from Swedish for everything. However, väärä seems to be an old Finnic word, possibly meaning "crooked".