Veps

Penikaine Princ — in Veps.

The Veps language a.k.a. Vepsian or Ves, is language spoken by the Veps people, who are an indigenous Finnic ethnic group living in the northern parts of Russia. Veps is a member of the Baltic-Finnic subgroup within the larger Uralic language family, which includes languages like Finnish, Estonian, and Karelian.

Veps is primarily spoken in the historical Vepsian regions of Russia, particularly in the Republic of Karelia and adjacent areas, which is located in the northwest part of the country. There are also smaller Veps-speaking communities in neighbouring areas.

The Veps language has its own writing system based on the Latin script. The modern Veps orthography has been developed to accurately represent the phonological and grammatical features of the language.

Veps has a relatively complex vowel system and a moderate consonant inventory. It is notable for vowel harmony, which is a common feature in Finno-Ugric languages. Vowel harmony means that vowels within a word must harmonize in terms of certain phonological features, such as frontness or backness. Veps grammar features agglutinative and synthetic elements. Like other Finno-Ugric languages, it uses extensive case markings to indicate grammatical relationships, and word order is relatively free due to these case markings.