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Even

A language of Russian Federation (Asia)

ISO 639-3eve

Population  7,170. Ethnic population: 19,071 (2002 census).
Region  Scattered in Sakha (half of all Evens), Magadan, Oblast, Khabarovski Krai, Kamchatka Peninsula, and Chukotka.
Language maps  Eastern Asian Russia, reference number 8
Western Asian Russia, reference number 8
Alternate names   Eben, Ewen, Ilqan, Lamut, Orich
Dialects  Arman, Indigirka, Kamchatka, Kolyma-Omolon, Okhotsk, Ola, Tompon, Upper Kolyma, Sakkyryr, Lamunkhin. Many dialects. Arman has no remaining speakers. Ola (basis for literary Even) not accepted by dialect speakers.
Classification  Altaic, Tungusic, Northern, Even
Language use  Strongest in Sakha (Beryozovka, Sebyan-Kyuly) and Northern Magadan Oblast (Seymchan). Few domains. Mainly older adults. Positive attitude. Also use Russian or Yakut [sah].
Language development  Some literature available. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1880.
Writing system  Cyrillic script.
Comments  Reindeer herdsmen; hunters. Shamanism, Christian.
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