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Itelmen

A language of Russian Federation (Asia)

ISO 639-3itl

Population  380, decreasing. Ethnic population: 3,189.
Region  Kamchatka Peninsula, west coast, Tigil region, Koryak Autonomous District, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij.
Language map  Eastern Asian Russia, reference number 13
Alternate names   Itelymem, Kamchadal, Kamchatka, Western Itelmen
Dialects  Sedanka, Xajrjuzovo.
Classification  Chukotko-Kamchatkan, Southern
Language use  Shifting to Russian. Home. Mainly older adults. People neutral to mildly supportive.
Language development  Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1996.
Writing system  Cyrillic script.
Comments  1950s–1980s the state sent children to boarding schools. Reportedly all are acculturated. Shamanist.
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