Sirenik Eskimo Language

Sirenik Eskimo Language

Sirenik Yupik, Sireniki Yupik (also Old Sirenik or Vuteen), Sirenik or Sirenikskiy is an extinct Eskimo–Aleut language. It was spoken in and around the village of Sireniki (Сиреники) in Chukotka Peninsula, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia. The language shift has been a long process, ending in total language death. In January 1997 the last native speaker of the language, a woman named Vyie (Valentina Wye) (Russian: Выйе) died. Thus, the language is extinct: nowadays all Sireniki Eskimos speak a Siberian Yupik language or Russian.

Сиӷы́ных is the endonym for the eponymous settlement of Sireniki. The endonym for the people itself is сиӷы́ныгмы̄́ӷий "Sirenikites"; the singular form is сиӷы́ныгмы̄́ӷа ).

This article is based on Menovschikov (1964), with cited examples transliterated from Cyrillic transcription to the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Read more about Sirenik Eskimo Language:  Phonology, Morphology

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