Koryak (Нымылан / Nymylan)

Koryak is a Chukotko-Kamchatkan language spoken in northeastern Siberia, mainly in the Koryak Autonomous Region in northern part of the Kamchatka peninsula, and an the adjoining mainland from the Taigonos Peninsula to the Bering Sea. According to the 2010 census, there are 1,665 speakers of Koryak, which is closely related to Chukchi.

The Koryaks call themselves by two different names: chavchu 'reindeer rearers' or 'rich in reindeer' for the traditionally nomadic reindeer-herding tribes, while the settled tribes call themselves nymylan 'resident, settler'. The word Koryak means 'at the reindeer' or 'with the reindeer', a name for the Koryak coined by a neighbouring people.

A method of writing Koryak using the Latin alphabet was devised in 1932 and based on the Chavchyvan dialect. In 1937 the Koryaks had to adopt the Cyrillic alphabet to write their language.

Latin alphabet for Koryak

Latin alphabet for Koryak

Cyrillic alphabet for Koryak

Cyrillic alphabet for Koryak


Download alphabet charts for Koryak (Excel)

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Sample videos in Koryak

Information about Koryak | Numbers


Information about the Koryak language and people
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Корякская_письменность http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/features/croads/koryak.html

Koryak texts - a collection of Koryak stories translated into English

Koryak-Chukchi Topical Dictionary

Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages

Alyutor, Chukchi, Itelmen, Koryak

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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