Language Snapshots

Akuzipik/Yupik (St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, USA; Chukotka, Russia) - Language Snapshot

Authors:

  • Christopher Petuwaq Koonooka
  • Sylvia L.R. Schreiner
  • Giulia Masella Soldati
  • Lane Schwartz
  • Benjamin Hunt
  • Preston Haas
  • Emily Chen
  • Hyunji Hayley Park

Abstract

Akuzipik (Yupigestun/Yupik/St. Lawrence Island Yupik/Siberian Yupik/Chaplinski Yupik) is an endangered language belonging to the Yupik branch of the Inuit-Yupik-Unangan language family. It is currently spoken by 800-900 people in the Bering Strait region, mainly on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska (St. Lawrence Island Yupik), and on the coast of the Chukotka Peninsula, in Russia (Chaplinski Yupik) (de Reuse 1994; Schwartz et al. 2019). The linguistic differences between these two varieties seem to be minor and not affect mutual intelligibility (Krauss 1975). The language has been undergoing a rapid generational shift, beginning in the 1950s in Russia and in the 1990s in Alaska (Schwartz et al. 2019).

Keywords:

Endangered languageInuit-Yupik-UnanganSt. Lawrence Island, AlaskaChukotka Peninsula, in Russia
  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 20
  • Page/Article: 135-144
  • DOI: 10.25894/ldd43
  • Published on 31 Dec 2021