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Title: The Old Sirinek Language
Subtitle: Texts, Lexicon, Grammatical Notes
Written By: Nikolai Vakhtin
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 3
Description:

This book deals with one of the most mysterious languages of the Far North
of Russia - the so-called Old Sirinek Language (OSL, self-designation of
the speakers uqeghllistun). The language is part of the Eskimo family;
however, its place in the family is unclear. According to some theories,
this language is the last survival of a third group of Eskimo languages
alongside Yupik and Inuit. Although OSL speakers were located in eastern
Chukotka, in the same area as Siberian Yupik speakers, and fused with the
latter to a high extent, the OSL retained deep structural, phonological,
and lexical distinctions from all Yupik languages.
In 1895 the language had 79 speakers, in 1964 it had approximately 30
speakers, and in 1988-1990 there remained only four people who still could
speak it. The last speaker, Valentina Wye, the person whose language
skills and patient efforts to share them made this book possible, died in 1997.

The book contains practically everything collected on OSL by several
Russian scholars - Ekaterina Rubtsova, Georgii Menovschikov, Nina
Emelianova and Nikolai Vakhtin - during the 50 years from the 1940s to the
1990s, with small additions of data collected by other people. It consists
of four main parts:

(1) Introduction, in which the history of OSL description is outlined, its
genetic affiliation with other Eskimo languages is discussed, and a brief
comparison with Siberian Yupik Eskimo is given; (2) the main part of the
book, giving folklore and other narrative texts in OSL with Russian
interlinear translation and, for some texts, parallels from Siberian Yupik
Eskimo language; (3) a small section presenting grammatical data on the
language; and (4) a supplement where lexical data are presented as
materials for a dictionary, ca. 2500 entries.[written in Russian]

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Yupik, Sirenik
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895869511
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 600
Prices: Europe EURO 94.50