Tundra Yukaghir is a Yukaghir language spoken in the Far East region of the Russian Federation, particularly in the towns of Andryushkino and Kolymskoye in lower Kolyma county in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). In 2010 there were 360 speakers of Tundra Yukaghir, all of whom were older adults. Younger people speak Russian.
Tundra Yukaghir is also known as Northern Yukaghir, Jukagir, Tundra, Tundre, Wadul, Yukaghir or Yukagir. It is related to Southern Yukaghir, but the two languages are not mutually intelligible.
A way to write Yukaghir languages with the Cyrillic alphabet was developed in the 1980s by Gavril Kurilov. It was based on the Russian and Yakut alphabets, and was accepted as the official Yukaghir orthography by the Yakut Ministry of Education in 1987. It is taught in some schools, and there are a few publications in and about the language.
Көдэҥ тэн - ньидитэ бандьэ параwааньэрэҥ тудэ чуҥдэн ньилдьилэк эннулҥинь-мэдьуолнуни. Көдэҥ энмун чундэ мэ льэй, таатльэр лукундьии ньинэмдьийилпэ дитэ эннуйуол-мораwньэҥи.
Ködeŋ ten - ñidite bandye parawaañereŋ tude čuŋden ñildyilek ennulŋiñ - medyuolnuni. Ködeŋ enmun čunde me lyey, taatlyer lukundyii ñinemdyiyilpe dite ennuyuol - morawñeŋi.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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