Naukan Yupik language
|Native to||Russian Federation|
|Region||Bering Strait region|
|Ethnicity||450 Naukan people (2010)|
Naukan Yupik language or Naukan Siberian Yupik language is an Eskimo language spoken by ca. 70 Naukan persons (нывуӄаӷмит) on Chukotka peninsula. It is one of the four Yupik languages, along with Central Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik and Pacific Gulf Yupik.
Linguistically, it is intermediate between Central Siberian Yupik and Central Alaskan Yup'ik.
Language Morphology: Chart example of the Oblique Case:
|Abl. / Instr.||məˠ||ˠnəˠ||nəˠ|
The non-possessed endings in the chart may cause a base-final 'weak' ʀ to drop with compensatory gemination in Inu. Initial m reflects the singular relative marker. The forms with initial n (k or t) are combined to produce possessed oblique with the corresponding absolutive endings in the 3rd person case but with variants of the relative endings for the other persons.
In proto-Eskimo, the ŋ is often dropped within morphemes except when next to ə. ŋ is also dropped under productive velar dropping (the dropping of ɣ,ʀ, and ŋ between single vowels), and "ana" goes to "ii" in theses areas.
Fortescue, M. D., Jacobson, S. A., & Kaplan, L. D. (1994). Comparative Eskimo dictionary: With Aleut cognates. Fairbanks, AK: Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
- Jacobson, Steven A. (2005), "History of the Naukan Yupik Eskimo dictionary with implications for a future Siberian Yupik dictionary", Études/Inuit/Studies 29 (1–2)
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