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By Dunn, M.J.

The purpose of this paintings is to provide the 1st fieldwork-based, typologically knowledgeable reference grammar of Chukchi, an indigenous language of the north-eastern nook of the Russian Federation. The theoretical process is low-key and eclectic; linguistic phenomena are defined in a fashion that's, in as far as it's attainable, theory-neutral, even if the place a department of linguistic concept presents instruments which enable transparent and easy description it's used with out hesitation. Linguistic description is, even though, basic all through.

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Good discussions of recent history and indigenous affairs in Chukotka are found in Forsyth (1992) and Vakhtin (1992, 1993). Prior to the policy of institutionalisation of Chukchi children there was a more enlightened practice which left children with their parents and sent roving schools out to the encampments to meet them. It is unclear how general this was; none of the Telqep Chukchi remember hearing about it happening in their region, but perhaps it only occurred in the north. Many Chukchi did finish their schooling and were encouraged to study further, mostly in a special faculty in Leningrad, The Faculty of the Peoples of the North (FPN).

However, the original manuscript is not found in the ‘Bogoras archive’ in Russia, nor in Boas’ papers archived at the Smithsonian. The lack of syntactic description in the grammar is typical of grammars of the time, particularly those produced by Boas and his students (Murray 1994). Volodin (1954:111) claims that this is simply because of Bogoras’ focus on ethnographic research he had neither time nor interest to investigate syntax in depth. After the turmoil of the Russian Revolution, Bogoras pursued an scholarly career in Soviet academia.

In ordinary conversation, however, the pronunciation of men is considered as unbecoming a woman. 2), and then has another paragraph about the differential use of intervocalic consonant dropping by men and women. 3). Skorik’s statements about women’s Chukchi are no more extensive and no more accurate. e. palatalised], which is used in the women’s pronunciation only. This affricate usually corresponds to the consonant r and ç of male pronunciation, moreover it assimilates a following consonant k, for example the male 26.

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