Koryak language

Infobox Language
name=Koryak
nativename=нымылан
familycolor=Paleosiberian
states=Russia
region=Koryak Okrug
speakers=3019 ( [Russian Census (2002)|2002 Census]
fam1=Chukotko-Kamchatkan
fam2=Northern
iso3=kpy

Koryak is a Chukotko-Kamchatkan language spoken by circa 3,000 people (Koryak) in the easternmost extremity of Siberia, mainly in Koryak Okrug. It is mostly a language spoken by Koryaks. Its close relative, the Chukchi language, is spoken by about twice that number. The language together with Chukchi, Kerek, Alutor and Itelmen forms the Chukotko-Kamchatkan language family. It's name in koryak is нымылан, Nymylan, but the name imposed by the russians is the most common.

The Chukchi and Koryaks form a cultural unit with an economy based on reindeer herding and both have autonomy within the Russian Federation.

Koryak Alphabet

Further reading


* Bogoras, Waldemar, and Franz Boas. Koryak Texts. Leyden: E.J. Brill, 1917.
* Comrie, Bernard. "Inverse Verb Forms in Siberia Evidence from Chukchee, Koryak and Kamchadal". Amsterdam: Bibliotheek v.h. Inst. voor Algemene Taalwetenschap v.d. Univ. van Amsterdam] , 1985.
* Zhukova, A. N., and Tokusu Kurebito. "Basic topical dictionary of the Koryak-Chukchi languages = Basovyĭ tematicheskiĭ slovarʹ kori︠a︡ksko-chukotskikh i︠a︡zykov". Tokyo, Japan: Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 2004. ISBN 487297896X

External links

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=kpy Ethnologue report]
* [http://lingsib.unesco.ru/en/languages/koryak.shtml.htm Endangered Languages of Siberia - The Koryak language]


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