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In Russian "гость" (gostʹ) is a male guest and "гостья" (góstʹja) is a female guest. Does Karelian gostja mean "guest" in any gender? BTW, Karelians in Russia are all fluent in Russian, it seems a bit strange but I don't know how Karelian works. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 02:00, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
- Hello, this is the IP registered as a user. There is no gender in all Finno-Uralic languages, so yes, it means "guest" in any gender, the gender of the guest must be clarified using nouns or context. Porokello (talk) 02:03, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
- Thank you. I'm aware of the absence of genders in Finno-Uralic languages but I think occasionally there are words that have male or female meaning, like näyttelijä and näyttelijätär.
- Quite a few words the user has created sound like Russian with the same, similar meaning or somehow related: miiloi (милый), gornitsa (горница), perinä (перина), posteli (постель); pietenisä is definitely from Russian пятница. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 02:18, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
- Karelian is based around Russia's border with Finland so there will be a large amount of vocabulary deriving from Russian. I think that the derivation from Russian милый makes much more sense than a contraction, so you should add the etymology if you so wish. Porokello (talk) 02:24, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
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