A working group led by Outi Vesakoski is studying why and how languages develop into dialects and closely-related languages.

“Somebody always says you can’t do this.”

– Outi Vesakoski

Combining data on the evolution of biological species with the evolution of languages has been very beneficial for the research. The project is being carried out by leading-edge biologists who refuse to stick to their own field of science alone because they want to solve broader questions..