A Practical Grammar of the St. Lawrence Island/Siberian Yupik Eskimo Language

 
9781555000776: A Practical Grammar of the St. Lawrence Island/Siberian Yupik Eskimo Language

Central Siberian Yupik (also called Yupigestun and Akuzipik) is the only indigenous language spoken in both the New World and the Old. It is the ancestral language of about 1200 Eskimos living on St. Lawrence Island in Alaska and an equal number of their close relatives on the Siberian side of the Bering Strait.

This practical grammar begins by discussing the sounds and spelling of the language. Each following chapter starts with a vocabulary list consisting mostly of common words but including also a few interesting unusual words. Postbases and endings are the introduced and grammatical topics are discussed with examples given. Each chapter has a series of exercises. Appendices include inflectional tables and a number of fully annotated traditional stories.

Public policy concerning Siberian Yupik has followed sometimes parallel and sometimes diverging paths in Russia and in Alaska. The development of the language, particularly in its written form, is amply demonstrated int his book through illustrations from both countries.

Siberian Yupik is unlike the various Eskimo languages of mainland Alaska, Canada, and Greenland in one significant way; it has been heavily influenced by another indigenous language. This grammar therefor discusses the influence of Chukchi, Siberian Yupik's neighbor to the west.

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