Jukka Aho wrote:
Non-native speakers pronouncing Finnish compound words:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4iMJPDRtPo
- Some of those are actual, usable words. Some others are a bit... forced.
- Whoever designed the placards did not (always) follow the recommended (best) practice of avoiding hyphenation of compound words at non-word boundaries. (Long compound words might be taxing to parse as they are. Splitting them arbitrarily in the middle of their component words probably just makes parsing them harder.)
I suppose, all in all, it comes down to memory..... recognizing certain smaller bits and hoping that's enough to allow you to figure out the rest. Knowing the rules of vowel harmony is the only obvious easy analysis tool....that is, if the word happens to have vowels requiring different treatment.....
I decided to look up the word, avantouinti
...it was small enough to remember and, although it looked like a word I should know the meaning of, I didn't.... The part I didn't know was avanto-
...."hole"....I guess I just haven't encountered it before, or maybe had forgotten.
But words always are fascinating, even simple words....The word, avanto
, lead me to avata
...which lead me to auki
.... all related words. But why (asking rhetorically), auki
is related is a bit of mystery to me. The "k" and "v" are obviously related...consonant gradation....but where does the "u" come from? Something for me to go to work on...