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Indigenous Minority Languages of Russia

Aleut: Bibliographical guide


About the Aleut language

Aleut is the only language of the Aleut branch of Eskaleut language family.

The idea of cognation of the Aleut and Eskimo languages was first put forward by P. Rask and W. I. Jochelson at the beginning of the 20th century; it was finally proved in the works by G. Marsh, M. Swadesh, K. Bergsland, R. Jakobson, G. Marich and others in the 1950s.

Where the speakers live

Aleut is spoken both in Russia (the Commodore Isles) and in the USA (the Aleutian Isles and the Pribilov Isles). There are about 700 Aleuts in Russia (190 of them can speak Aleut), and about 2100 — 5000 Aleuts in the USA, according to different researchers. Only 525 Aleuts in the USA are native speakers of Aleut.

TEACHING MATERIALS

BASIC DESCRIPTIVE STUDIES

Dictionaries
Grammar
Texts

BASIC SOCIOLINGUISTIC STUDIES


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