Itelmen

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Itelymem, Kamchadal, Kamchatka, Western Itelmen
Population

80 (2010 census), decreasing. Ethnic population: 3,200 (2002 census).

Location

Kamchatka Peninsula, west coast, Tigil region, Kamchatka District, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Sedanka, Xajrjuzovo.

Language Use

Shifting to Russian [rus]. Home. Mainly older adults. Neutral to mildly positive attitudes.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1996.
Writing
Cyrillic script.
Other Comments

1950s–1980s the state sent children to boarding schools. Traditional religion.