Terms for ’yolk’ in Finno-Ugric Languages Cover Image

Naimenovanija jaitshnogo zheltka v finno-ugorskich jazykach
Terms for ’yolk’ in Finno-Ugric Languages

Author(s): Vilja Oja
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Teaduste Akadeemia Kirjastus
Keywords: Finno-Ugric languages; 'egg'; 'yolk'; origin; naming motive

Summary/Abstract: In the dialects of Finno-Ugric languages ’yolk’ is often expressed with a compound word or phrase with one component standing for ’egg’. In many cases, however, this attributive part is found unnecessary and a single word is used to refer to the yellow part of an egg. More than half of such nouns are colour names associated with yellow, red or some other similar hues. A lesser part of the ’yolk’ words are motivated by something different than colour. Some terms have been derived from words for ’content, inside, core’, whereas some others are reminiscent of terms for ’fish roe’. There are also some direct loans. Vernac­ular usage often contains several parallel terms. Estonian dialects, especially Tartu and Võru abound in different variants of the term.

  • Issue Year: XLIX/2013
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 273-291
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Russian