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Yupik (Cup'ik, Yup'ik Eskimo)

Yupik is an Eskimo-Aleut language spoken by 17,000 people in Western Alaska and islands off the coast of Siberia. There are several different varieties of Yupik forming what is known as a dialect chain -- each Yupik language may be understandable to speakers of a neighboring one, but not to Yupik people living farther away. Alutiiq or Sugpiaq, spoken in Southern Alaska and Kodiak Island, is particularly distinct and is considered a separate language by many linguists.

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Yupik Language
Yupik language samples and resources.

Yupik Culture and History
Information and links about the Yupik tribe past and present.

Yupik Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the lifestyle of Yupik Indian people.

Yupik Legends
Introduction to Yupik mythology.

Yupik Language Resources

Our Online Yupik Materials

Yupik Vocabulary
     List of vocabulary words in the Yupik language.
Yupik Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Yupik language.

Yupik Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Alaskool: Yupik Language:
    Pronunciation guide, Cupik texts, and a bilingual storybook.
Comparative Yupik and Inuit:
    Essay describing the Inuit and Yupik languages, with a linguistic map.
Alaskan Orthodox Texts:
    Orthodox Christian prayers and religious passages in Tlingit, Aleut, Alutiiq, and Central Yupik.
Yupik Alphabet:
    Comparison of Yupik orthographies using Cyrillic and Latin script.
Freelang Yupik Dictionary:
    Free downloadable wordlist of the Yupik language.
Yupik Languages
     Overview of Yup'ik including phonology and geographic distribution.
Native America Calling: Yupik * Siberian Yupik:
    Audio files of spoken Yupik words and phrases.
Yupik Prayers * Lord's Prayer in Kuskokwim Yupik * Lord's Prayer in Kuigpaq Yupik:
    Translations of Christian prayers into the Yup'ik languages.
Yupik Bible Verses: * Language Museum: Yupik:
    Translation of Biblical passages into the Yupik language.
Central Alaskan Yup'ik Language * Siberian Yupik Language:
     Profiles of the Yup'ik languages from the Alaska Native Language Center.
Yup'ik Place Names:
    Placenames in Inupiaq and Yupik, with a language map.
House of Languages: Alaskan Yupik * Pacific Yupik * Siberian Yupik:
    Information about Yupik language usage.
Central Yupik * Bering Strait Yupik * Naukan Yupik * Sirenik Yupik:
     Demographic information about the Yupik languages from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Central Alaskan Yup'ik Language Tree * Pacific Yupik Language Tree * Siberian Yupik Language Tree * East Cape Yupik Language Tree * Sirenik Language Tree:
    Theories about Yupik's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Central Yup'ik Language Structures * Chevak Yup'ik Language Structures:
    St. Lawrence Island Yupik Language Structures * Norton Sound Yup'ik Structures * Siberian Yupik Language Structures * Sirenik Language Structures * Naukan Yupik Language Structures:
    Yup'ik linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.

Yupik Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
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Comparative Eskimo Dictionary
     Yupik/Inuit/Aleut dictionary for sale.
A dictionary of St. Lawrence Island/Siberian Yupik
     Yupik dictionary for sale online.
Practical Grammar of the Siberian Yupik Eskimo Language
     Yupik linguistics book for sale.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Encyclopedia articles on the Yupik language.
Lengua Yupik:
Information on the Yupik language in Spanish.
Yupik links.
Yupik Tribe:
Yupik Indian books.

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