March 7, 2017

Arctic Languages: An Awakening by Dirmid R. F. Collis

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This acknowledges that the Samoyedic languages are remote cousins of the tongues spoken by three small Finno-Ugric ethnic groups: Khant, Mansi and Sami. Of these, the first two make up the Ob-Ugric language group, while Sami is an isolated Finno-Ugric language. , lived to the west of the Ural Mountains, migrating to Western Siberia only in later times. The Khants moved northwards well before the Mansis. At present these ethnic groups (some 30,000 in all) live chiefly in the Khanty-Mansi and YamaloNenets autonomous okrugs.

For instance, two Evenks, three Evens and one Chukchi woman were elected to the Supreme Soviet of the Yakut ASSR of the tenth convocation, while 299 Evenks, 178 Evens, 11 Chukchis and 17 Yukaghirs were elected to the Republic’s Soviets. V. Nardueva, an Evenk milkmaid from the ‘Pobeda’ collective fishery and farm in the SeveroBaikalskii rayon, was elected to the Supreme Soviet of the Buryat ASSR. These facts confirm that all nations and ethnic groups in the USSR have equal rights. In regard to economic development and the application of economic policy among the small Northern peoples, the Soviet Government employed the devices and patterns best suited to their economic condition.

CSU SSSR. Jubilejnyj statistideskij ezegodnik (The USSR National Economy from 1922 to 1982. The USSR Central Statistical Directorate: A Jubilee Statistical Handbook). Moscow, Finansy i statistika, 1982, p. 14. Languages of the Soviet Northern Peoples Piotr Skorik The term ‘languages of the Northern peoples’, or ‘Northern languages’, conventionally designates the genetically unrelated language groups and individual languages of the small ethnic groups of the Soviet taiga and tundra regions. They are conventionally divided into three fundamental groups - Samoyedic, Manchu-Tungus and Palaeosiberian - and also include the languages of three small Pinno-Ugric ethnic groups.

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