Negidal

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
El’kan Beye, Elkembey, Ilkan Beye, Neghidal, Negidaly
Population

74 (2010 census). Only a few fully fluent (Salminen 2007). Ethnic population: 570.

Location

Khabarovsk District, Kamenka and Im; Paulina Osipenko region; lower reaches of Amur river.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Nizovsk, Verkhovsk.

Language Use

Seriously endangered (2000 A. Kibrik). Mainly older adults. Also use Russian [rus].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
Other Comments

From 1950s–1980s the state sent children to boarding schools. Contacts and intermarriage with the Ulch, Nanai, and Nivkh in the Amur area. Traditional religion.