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Varieties of Koryak for Comparative Study


Language Koryak (ISO639-3:kpy), (ISO639-3:), (ISO639-3:)
Depositor Dibella Caminsky
Affiliation UC Santa Barbara
Location Russian Federation
Collection ID 0571
Grant ID 1451796
Funding Body National Science Foundation
Collection Status Forthcoming
Landing Page Handle


Summary of the collection

This collection contains documentation of several un(der)documented varieties of the Koryak language, spoken in the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Federation. In addition to a broad range of Koryak dialects, several genres of spoken discourse are represented. The goal of the project is to accurately represent the differences between each dialect in a comprehensive FLEx database for each dialect for use in 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 <1000 speakers, and few children are learning the language natively. Revitalization efforts are underway, largely spurred by grassroots speaker and community member interest.


Collection contents

This collection 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 (


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 int he metadata.

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Caminsky, Dibella. 2018. Varieties of Koryak for Comparative Study. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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