5,100 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 15,900 (2010 census).
Siberia, Chukchi peninsula, Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Sakha (Yakutiya), and Kamchatka.
Uellanskij, Pevekskij, Enmylinskij, Nunligranskij, Xatyrskij, Chaun, Enurmin, Yanrakinot. Closely related to Alutor [alr], Kerek [krk] and Koryak [kpy]. Itelmen [itl] is more distantly related. Chukchi may be mutually intelligible with some varieties of Koryak (1988 B. Comrie). Literary dialect and gender dialects also exist. Gender differences largely phonological. Women’s dialect largely ignored in language development.
SOV/SVO; postpositions; no articles; case-marking (8 cases); verb affixes mark person, number, object; ergativity; 14 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes; non-tonal; vowel harmony.
Cyrillic script [Cyrl].
School at Anadyr. Chukchi in Magadan area are nomadic. Traditional religion.