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Indigenous Minority Languages of Russia

Itelmen: Bibliographical guide


About the Itelmen language

There are two viewpoints concerning the genesis of Itelmen.

In one hypothesis, Itelmen and other Chukchi-Kamchatkan languages have a common ancestor; the differences of Itelmen traceable on all structural levels might be explained by the intense foreign influence; Itelmen might have swallowed some other, non-Chukchi-Kamchatkan language (V. G. Bogoraz, V. I. Jochelson, P. Y. Skorik).

In another hypothesis, Itelmen is not related to other Chukchi-Kamchatkan languages genetically, common features being a result of convergence (D. Worth, A. P. Volodin, A. S. Asinovskij). There are reasons for considering Itelmen as genetically isolated and opposed to genetically related Chukchi-Koryak languages within the Chukchi-Kamchatkan group. Neither is there any genetic relationship between Itelmen and Ainu (the language of the Itelmen's southern neighbours).

TEACHING MATERIALS

Textbooks for the Itelmen (Kamchadal) schools
In the native language

BASIC DESCRIPTIVE STUDIES

Dialects
Dictionaries
Texts

BASIC SOCIOLINGUISTIC STUDIES

WEB RESOURCES


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