Kott language

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Native to Russia
Extinct 19th Century
  • Yeniseian
    • Southern Yeniseian
      • Kott–Assan
        • Kott
Language codes
ISO 639-3 zko
Glottolog kott1239[1]

The Kott (Kot) language (Russian: Коттский язык) is an extinct Yeniseian language that was formerly spoken in central Siberia by the banks of Mana River, a tributary of the Yenisei river. It became extinct in the 1850s. Some linguists believe the Assan language was a dialect of Kott. Kott was closely related to Ket, still spoken farther north along the Yenisei river.

In 1858, Matthias Castrén published the grammar and dictionary (Versuch einer jenissei-ostjakischen und kottischen Sprachlehre), which included material on the Kott and Ket (Yenisei-Ostyak) languages.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kott". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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