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Veps language

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Veps language, spoken by Vepses, belongs to the Baltic-Finnic group of the Finno-Ugric languages.

According to Soviet statistics 8,000 people were self-designated Veps speakers at the end of the 1970s. The statistics are however considered extremely unreliable by most non-Soviet linguists, not changing the situation that the language must be understood as in stern threat of extinction.

According to the location of the people, the language is divided into three main dialects: Northern Veps (at Lake Onega to the south of Petrozavodsk, to the north of river Syväri, including the Veps Autonomous Rural district), Central Veps (in the Saint Petersburg region), and Southern Veps (in the Vologda Oblast). The Northern dialect is somewhat more distinct than the others, but it is nevertheless possible for the members of the different dialect groups to understand each other. The speakers of the Northern dialect call themselves Ludi, or Ludilainen. Their speech is sometimes classified as a dialect of Karelian.

External links:

de:Wepsische Sprache fr:Vepse hu:Vepsze nyelv nl:Wepsisch se:Vepsägiella fi:Vepsän kieli

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