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Declension tablesEdit

I put here declension tables for both variants, thanks to new templates! I'm not sure if this is useful but they won't hurt, I guess. | hyark 21:00, 5 December 2005 (UTC)


Is it likely that this ending evolved from the word laji which meand type or kind plus adjectival -nen? Does anyone know for sure? —This unsigned comment was added by Hauskalainen (talkcontribs).

That's what [some] references say, e.g.:
  • Joel Ashmore Nevis, Finnish particle clitics and general clitic theory (1985), page 140: "The bound word -lainen 'type, sort, kind' is etymologically an agglutination of the word =lajinen, itself a derivation of laji 'type' (plus derivational suffix -nen). My bound word account of -lainen recapitulates the history of the word. Bound word -lainen is not to be confused with derivational suffix -lainen, which differs from the bound word homophone in most of the relevant properties. Bound word -lainen does not attach to a bare stem as do regular derivational affixes, but to a fully inflected stem, in this case the genitive (3). Thus it requires that an inflectional affix (genitive -n) be sandwiched between it and a preceding stem. It also allows a possessive suffix to be stranded in the same position (d).
  • John B. Olli, Fundamentals of Finnish Grammar (1958), page 121: Note also the suffix -lainen from laji-nen (of the kind of)
- -sche (discuss) 05:35, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
NB relevant discussion here: Wiktionary:Etymology scriptorium/2014/March#Finnish_-lainen_and_cognates. - -sche (discuss) 01:36, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

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