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Yukaghir, Southern

A language of Russian Federation (Asia)

ISO 639-3yux

Population  30 (1995 M. Krauss). Ethnic population: 130 (1995 M. Krauss, 1989 census).
Region  Sakha and Kamchatka Peninsulas.
Language maps  Eastern Asian Russia, reference number 37
Eastern Asian Russia, reference number 37
Western Asian Russia, reference number 37
Alternate names   Jukagir, Kolym, Kolyma, Odul, Southern Yukagir, Yukagir
Dialects  Not inherently intelligible with Northern Yukaghir [ykg].
Classification  Yukaghir
Language use  Home. Older adults. Also use Russian, Yakut [sah], or Even [eve].
Language development  Dictionary.
Comments  SOV; postpositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives before noun heads; question word not initial or final; 2 prefixes, 6 suffixes; focus is preverbal, subjects and topics tend to be initial; affixes indicate case of noun phrases; person and number of subject is obligatory; split intransitivity: intransitive subjects encode as transitive when nonfocus, focus marked the same for intransitive subjects and direct objects, and only for those; otherwise accusative; resultative; reflexive; reciprocal; causative; comparative; CV, CVCCVV; nontonal. Swidden agriculturalists. Christian, traditional religion. Nearly extinct.
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