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Russian linguists to create dictionary of languages ​​of small peoples of Siberia and Far East

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Russian linguists to create dictionary of languages ​​of small peoples of Siberia and Far East


20.05.2020

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An electronic dictionary of endangered languages ​​of the small indigenous peoples of Siberia and the Far East will be created by linguists and ethnographers of the Institute of Philology of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Scientists emphasize that the dictionary will be the first to contain a comparison of the religious, mythological and ritual vocabulary of the three groups of languages, TASS reports.

According to the scientists, the innovation of the dictionary is in identifying common Siberian features in folklore, literature and the language of several ethnic groups. According to the study participants, the verbal traditions of Siberian and Far Eastern peoples have not been studied on such a massive scale before. The dictionary will contain articles on the languages ​​of the Turkic, Uralic and Tungus-Manchu groups, including Nenets, Evenki and other languages.

It is assumed that for three years, scientific groups will make expeditions to Tuva, Khakassia, Altai, and the Far East. The work will use modern equipment that will help in studying the pronunciation and intonation of native speakers. As part of the work on the dictionary, scientists will single out the folklore community of small nations and create an electronic corpus of folklore texts.

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