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The endangered state of Negidal: A field report

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dc.contributor.authorPakendorf, Brigitte-
dc.contributor.authorAralova, Natalia-
dc.identifier.citationPakendorf, Brigitte & Natalia Aralova. 2018. The endangered state of Negidal: A field report. Language Documentation & Conservation 12: 1-14.en_US
dc.description.abstractNegidal is a Northern Tungusic language closely related to Evenki with two recognized dialects, Upper and Lower Negidal. This nearly extinct language used to be spoken in the Lower Amur region of the Russian Far East by people whose traditional way of life was based on fishing and hunting. While the number of remaining active speakers of Upper Negidal was more or less known, the current state of Lower Negidal was still uncertain. We here report on a trip to ascertain the state of Lower Negidal and give a precise assessment of the linguistic situation of both dialects. While the Upper dialect is still represented by seven elderly female speakers, varying in proficiency from fully fluent to barely able to produce a narrative, not a single active speaker of Lower Negidal is left. The language will therefore probably be extinct in the next decade or two.en_US
dc.format.extent14 pagesen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawaii Pressen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Internationalen_US
dc.subjectlanguage extinctionen_US
dc.subjectlast speakersen_US
dc.subjectAmur riveren_US
dc.titleThe endangered state of Negidal: A field reporten_US
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