Saami, Lule Language (smj)

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Also Known As: Lapp,Saame,Lule,Saami,Saami, Lule


Lule Sami (julevsámegiella) is a Finno-Ugric, Sami language spoken in Lule Lappmark, i.e., around Luleå Sweden and in the province of Nordland in Norway. It is written in the Latin alphabet, having an official orthography. With 1,500 to 2,000 speakers it is the second largest of all Sami languages. It is reported that the number of native speakers is in sharp decline among the younger generations. The language has, however, been standardised in 1983 and elaborately cultivated ever since. Lule Sámi has 8 cases: Like the other Uralic languages, the nominative singular is unmarked and indicates the subject or a predicate. The nominative plural is also unmarked and always looks the same as the genitive singular. The genitive singular is unmarked and looks the same as the nominative plural. The genitive plural is marked by an -j. The genitive is used: The accusative is the direct object case and it is marked with -v in the singular. In the plural, its marker is -t, which is preceded by the plural marker -j. The inessive marker is -n in the singular and the plural, when it is then preceded by the plural marker -j. This case is used to indicate:

The illative marker is -j in the singular..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Saami, Lule Language Speakers


Main Country: Sweden
Spoken In:

Regions: Europe

ISO 639-3 Code: smj

Classification Taxonomy

All Languages

  Uralic Group

    Finno-Ugric Group

      Finno-Permic Group

        Finno-Cheremisic Group

          Finno-Mordvinic Group

            Finno-Lappic Group

              Lappic Group

                Southern Lappic Group

                  Saami, Lule Language