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Encyclopedia > Yukaghir languages
Geographical distribution of Yukaghir, Finnic, Ugric and Samoyedic languages

The Yukaghir languages are a family of related languages spoken in Russia by the Yukaghir, a Siberian people, living in the basin of the Kolyma River.

The only two extant members are:

  • Northern Yukaghir (also known as Jukagir, Odul, Tundra, Tundre, Yukagir)
  • Southern Yukaghir (also known as Jukagir, Kolym, Kolyma, Odul, Southern Yukagir, Yukagir)

The relationship with other language families is mostly unknown, although it has been suggested that it is related to the Uralic languages. The entire family is regarded as endangered.

See also: Paleosiberian languages.

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One interesting theory states that the divergence of languages was motivated by selfish or survival instincts, where one tribe would try to make up some code of communication which would deceive or not be understood by another tribe, so that they could attack them or have some advantage over them.
Many languages can be traced to the migration of its peoples, like the Hungarian language, which is said to be of Uralic origin.
One such language is Esperanto, and another is Interlingua, the vocabulary of this latter drawn from many languages, making it easier to learn by much of the world’s population.
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The name of the language family refers to the location of the family’s suggested Urheimat (homeland), which is often placed close to the Ural mountains.
The healthiest Uralic languages, in terms of the number of native speakers and national identity, are Estonian, Finnish, and Hungarian.
Uralic locative suffix exists in all Uralic languages in various cases, e.g., Hungarian superessive, Finnish essive, North Sami essive, Erzyan inessive, and Nenets locative.
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