Yupik, Central Siberian


A language of United States

Alternate Names
Bering Strait Yupik, “St. Lawrence Island Eskimo” (pej.)

1,400 in United States (Golla 2007). 2000 census counts those who use the language in the home. Population total all countries: 1,910.


Alaska, Saint Lawrence Island, Gambell, and Savoonga villages.

Language Status

5 (Developing).


Chaplino. Chaplino and Naukan have 60%–70% mutual intelligibility.

Language Use

Almost all adults speak the language. Decreasing number of children acquire it as L1. All ages. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1974–2007.

Cyrillic script [Cyrl]. Latin script [Latn].

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