Varieties of Koryak for Comparative Study
Group represented This collection contains narratives, conversations, and word lists from speakers of various, peninsula-spanning Koryak communities, such as Palana, Achaivayam, Mikino, Vverkh Paren, Khailino, Kamenskoe, Manily, and Srednie Pakhachi.
Language information The Koryak language is spoken by several groups of indigenous reindeer-herding people (Chawchu) and village-settlers (Nymylan) in the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Federation. The language constitutes a widespread dialect continuum across the peninsula, with variation based both culturally as well as geographically. The language is now spoken by fewer than 1000 speakers, and few children are learning the language natively. Revitalization efforts are under way, largely spurred by grassroots speaker and community member interest.
Deposit contents This deposit contains audio files in wav format, transcriptions in IPA and Cyrillic in Koryak, translations in Russian and English in ELAN, and a FLEx file for each represented dialect with grammatical analysis, notes, and dictionary. Several ELAN files are linked to audio and video files from Alexander King's deposit on Koryak Ethnopoetics: https://elar.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI603817
Acknowledgement and citation
Users of any part of this collection should acknowledge Dibella Caminsky as the researcher, analyst, and data collector. If the cited file is an ELAN file for which the audio or video is from King's collection (cited above), also acknowledge Alexander King for the appropriate file. Users should also acknowledge the National Science Foundation as the funder of the project. Individual speakers whose words are used should be acknowledged by name. All information on contributors is available in the metadata.
To refer to any data from the collection, please cite the file in this way:Caminsky, Dibella. 2018. Varieties of Koryak for Comparative Study. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive.URL: (forthcoming). Accessed on [insert date here].