The Finnic languages forms one of the subgroups of the Uralic language family spoken around the Gulf of Finland. It is a dialect continuum, where some of the languages have lost their mutual intelligibility while others have not. Therefore, Finnic group serves us a possibility to study an intermediate phase of linguistic divergence, where the contacts within the group still has a large role. Younger subfamilies of the Uralic tree, such as Finnic, can be studied in more detail than the Uralic family as a whole.
The work with Finnic languages is based on Atlas Linguarum Fennicarum (ALFE) and to analyses made with both phylogenetic and population genetic methods.