Southern Yukaghir language
|Region||Yakutia and Magadan Oblast|
|Native speakers||10–50 (date missing)|
The Southern, Kolyma or Forest Yukaghir language is one of only two Yukaghir languages.
Classification and grammatical features 
The relationship of the Yukaghir languages with other language families is uncertain, though it has been suggested that they are distantly related to the Uralic languages, thus forming the putative Uralic–Yukaghir language family.
Kolyma and Tundra Yukaghir are the only two remnants of what used to be one of the dominant languages/language families of northeastern Siberia, spreading from the River Anadyr in the east to the River Lena in the west. On the basis of the evidence of early sources, it can be assumed that there existed a Yukaghir dialect continuum, with what is today Kolyma Yukaghir and Tundra Yukaghir at the extremes.
Kolyma Yukaghir and Tundra Yukaghir are not mutually intelligible. Kolyma Yukaghir has residual vowel harmony and a complex phonotactics of consonants, rich agglutinative morphology and is strictly head-final. It has practically no finite subordination and very few coordinate structures. Kolyma Yukaghir has a split intransitive alignment system based on discourse-pragmatic features. In absence of narrow focus, the system is organised on a nominative–accusative basis; when focused, direct objects and subjects of intransitive verbs are co-aligned (special focus case, special focus agreement).
- Чч /t͡ʃ/
- Җҗ /d͡ʒ/
- Сь сь [ç], a positional variant of c' in non-initial contexts
- Ҕҕ /ɣ/
- Ққ /q/
- Зз /z/
- Ҥҥ /ŋ/
- Шш /ʃ/
- Ль ль /ʎ/
- Нь нь /ɲ/
- Өө /ø/
- Әә (short non-high underspecified vowel which occurs after the first foot and is either pronounced [ə] or harmonized to other vowels)
- Ы ы /ɯ/ (occurs in loanwords)
Other phonemes (not listed) are written the same as in Russian. Long vowels are written as digraphs: аа, ии, оо, уу, (э)
Recorded by Ljudmila Zhukova from Ljubov' Demina in 1988.
(*йарқә-д-ун lit. "ice river")
- "From the bottom of the mountains, from the whiteness of the ice our mother Yarqadan quietly carries its shining water downstream."
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- Dolgikh, Boris O. (1960) Rodovoj i plemennoj sostav narodov Sibiri v XVII v. Moskva: Izdatel'stvo Akademii Nauk SSSR
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- Vakhtin, N. B. 1991. The Yukaghir language in Sociolinguistic Perspective. Steszew, Poland: International Institute of Ethnolinguistic and Oriental Studies.
- Krejnovich, Eruhim A., Jukagirskij jazyk. Moscow / Leningrad: Nauka (1958).
- Maslova, Elena, A Grammar of Kolyma Yukaghir, Mouton Grammar Library, 27 (2003).
- Maslova, Elena, Tundra Yukaghir, LINCOM Europa. Languages of the World/Materials 372 (2003).
|Southern Yukaghir language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|
- Southern Yukaghir at Glottopedia
- The Yukaghir Languages
- Online Documentation of Kolyma (Southern) Yukaghir
- Northern Yukaghir text sample - Declaration of Human Rights
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