Радио Онегаборг
        

SOCIETY OF KARELIAN LANGUAGE FRIENDS

News About us Karelian language Literature Sport Audio Links Contact
Tänäpäi on kolmaspäivy, 16 elokuu 2017



General information about Karelian language
Dialects, territory, statistics
Karelian-Russian dictionary
Livvi dialect
Vocabulary
with pictures
Lessons in pictures
Author Tatiana Baranova
Karelian grammar
Basic rules

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT KARELIAN LANGUAGE


Karelian language is a language of Karel people. It is the part of baltic-finnish group of finno-ugric branch of Ural language family. There are 33 thousand people speaking Karelian. 25,6 thousand of them live in Russia from which 15 thousand live in Republic Karelia. The language is used as well among karelian people living in Leningrad region, Tver and Moscow regions of Russia, as well as in Finland, in Nothern and Southern Karelia.

Karelian language has 3 basic dialects: Nothern Karelian, Livvi and Lude. The language uses latin alphabet with several additional letters to express karelian phonetics.

Different books and newspapers are published on Karelian and there are many karelian songs too. On the base of the verbal karelian verses finnish linguist Elias Lönnrot created karelian national epos "Kalevala".