This Proto-Samic entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-Samic edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Uralic *elä-.

Verb edit


  1. to live

Inflection edit

This verb needs an inflection-table template.

Derived terms edit

Descendants edit

  • Western Samic:
    • Southern Sami: jieledh
    • Pite Sami: iellet
    • Lule Sami: iellet
    • Northern Sami: eallit
  • Eastern Samic:

Further reading edit

  • Koponen, Eino, Ruppel, Klaas, Aapala, Kirsti, editors (2002–2008), Álgu database: Etymological database of the Saami languages[1], Helsinki: Research Institute for the Languages of Finland