Eastern Saamic constitutes the eastern branch of Saamic. It can be subdivided into the mainland group (with Inari Saami, Skolt Saami and Akkala Saami) and the peninsular group (with Kildin Saami and Ter Saami).
Typical features of Eastern Saamic include:
- Preservation of *š in clusters
- Preservation of long nasals.
- Loss of intervocalic *nč with following contraction
- Loss of final vowels in third syllables and (except in Inari) in second syllables.
- German Ostsaamische Sprachen