Kerek language

Kerek language

region=Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
speakers=0 (extinct)

Kerek is a language of Russia that belongs to the northern branch of the Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages. On historical linguistic grounds it is most closely related to Koryak (both languages have a merger of the proto-Chuktotian phonemes /*ð/ and /*r/ with /*j/). The next closest relative is Chukchi (/*ð/ and /*r/ are merged, but not /*j/).

In 1997 there were still two speakers remaining, but now the language is extinct [Fortescue, Michael 2005. "Comparative Chukotko-Kamchatkan Dictionary". Berlin / New York: Mouton de Gruyter.] . Over the 20th century many members of the Kerek ethnic group shifted to Chukchi, the language of the majority ethnic group in the area, but now most Chukchis and Kereks speak Russian.

External links

* [ Ethnologue report]
* [ Bibliography]


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