Edited by Francesc Feliu and Olga Fullana
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 20] 2019
► pp. 138–152
Complexité du continuum dialectal carélo-vepse
The Russian Republic of Karelia, located on the borders of Finland, is the territory of a complex dialectal continuum which goes from Finnish (Eastern) to Vepse, passing by Karelian, Livvi and Lude. These are languages or varieties that could be called collateral (Eloy 2004). These various fennic languages of the Russian territory arrived at the end of the twentieth century very fragile, condemned a priori to disappear more or less at short term. However, they have benefited from a renewed interest in society since the 1990s, which has manifested itself in initiatives of development and functionalization as well as modernization of their corpus, of great importance for the Fennic and Uralian (socio)linguistics as a whole, in terms of models for action research.
In this contribution, we will address the extreme interweaving of this continuum, both sociolinguistic and structural convergence of these languages.