The vocabulary of sense perception in Estonian

Structure and history

by Urmas Sutrop (Author)
Thesis LXX, 245 Pages


In this essay the vocabulary of sense perception in Estonian, its typology, history, and cognition were investigated. This paper consists of four parts – introductory, experimental, morphological, and diachronical. To sum up, cognitively basic sense perception vocabulary (colour, temperature, taste, and smell terms) is established as a whole in one language – Estonian. The history of the sense perception vocabulary is also investigated. For colour terms the typological development of the colour categories and terms from Proto-Uralic to modern Estonian is reconstructed. The morphological typology of sense perception terms is also looked at and the Estonian sense perception vocabulary is compared with the corresponding vocabularies of the neighbouring Finnic, Baltic, Slavic, and Germanic languages.


LXX, 245
ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2002. LXX, 245 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Urmas Sutrop (Author)

The Author: Urmas Sutrop, director of the Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn, Estonia, has a diploma in biology (University of Tartu, Estonia) and a Ph.D. in gerneral and historical linguistics and Uralistics from the University of Konstanz, Germany. His research interests include ethnolinguistics, lexicology, historical linguistics, theonyms, and Finno-Ugric languages.


Title: The vocabulary of sense perception in Estonian