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Koryak

A language of Russian Federation (Asia)

ISO 639-3kpy

Population  3,500 (1997 M. Krauss). Ethnic population: 8,743 (2002 census).
Region  Koryak National Okrug, south of the Chukchi [ckt]; Kamchatka Peninsula north half and adjacent continent.
Language maps  Eastern Asian Russia, reference number 19
Eastern Asian Russia, reference number 19
Alternate names   Chavchuven, Nymylan
Dialects  Cavcuvenskij (Chavchuven), Apokinskij (Apukin), Kamenskij (Kamen), Xatyrskij, Paren, Itkan, Palan, Gin. The border between Koryak and Alutor [alr] has not yet been defined. Chachuve (Northern Koryak) and Alutor are now separated. Alutor at one time was considered a dialect of Koryak. The classification of the other dialects is unclear. The Chavchuven, Palan, and Kamen dialects are apparently not inherently intelligible.
Classification  Chukotko-Kamchatkan, Northern, Koryak-Alyutor
Language use  Few domains. Used by a few children. Neutral to mildly supportive attitude toward Koryak. Also use Russian.
Language development  Taught in school. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2006.
Writing system  Cyrillic script.
Comments  Chavchuven is used by reindeer herding tribes, all others use Nymylan. Coast: fishermen; hunters; inland: animal husbandry: reindeer herding. Traditional religion, Christian.
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