Chuvan language

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Native toRussia
RegionAnadyr River basin of Yakutia and Magadan Oblast
Extinct18th century or earlier[1]
  • Chuvansky
Language codes
ISO 639-3xcv

Chuvansky (Russian: Чуванский язык) is an extinct Yukaghir language of Siberia, part of a dialect continuum with the two surviving languages[3]. It was most likely last spoken in the 18th century. Chuvansky was widespread in the lower region of the Anadyr River (near Chuvanskoye), spoken by Chuvans. The translations of 22 sentences, recorded in 1781 by I. Benzig, and 210 words written by FF Matyushkin have been preserved.[4]


  1. ^ Chuvansky at MultiTree on the Linguist List
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chuvantsy". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Tailleur O. G., Le dialecte tchouvane du youkaghir, "Ural-Altaische Jahrbücher", Wiesbaden, 1962, Bd 34.
  4. ^ Matyushkin FF, Collection of the words of the Chuvansky and Omok languages, in: Vrangel F.P., Journey through the northern shores of Siberia and along the Arctic Ocean, accomplished in 1820-1824, Part 2, Additions, St. Petersburg, 1841 ;