Russian language's most isolated dialect found in Alaska
Author Message
Temnozor
Offline
Kornilov did nothing wrong
Supervision



Россия

Posts: 2.588
Joined: Mar 2012
Reputation: 641
Post: #1
Russian language's most isolated dialect found in Alaska
Quote:Russian linguists who have returned from an expedition to Alaska have brought audio and video recordings of a rare dialect of Russian that has survived for about 100 years in almost total isolation from mainstream Russian.

Mira Bergelson, professor of linguistics and information technologies at Moscow State University’s Foreign Languages Faculty, and Andrey Kibrik, a researcher with the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Linguistics, visited the village of Ninilchik in Alaska in October 2012.

The settlement was founded in 1847. Ethnic Russians who had settled in Alaska and intermingled with the locals were much of its population. When the Russian Empire sold Alaska to the United States in 1867, links between Ninilchik and Russia broke off. Up until the 1960s, the locals had next to no contact with other Russian speakers.

"We are not aware of any other cases where Russian is being spoken as the mother tongue by so many people in such isolation and for so long,” Bergelson said during the presentation of the expedition’s results.

Kibrik believes that there were a few episodic contacts in the second half of the 20th century, but they have not changed the overall picture.

“There were occasional contacts with Soviet sailors and the Old Ritualist Russian Christians who came to Alaska and settled nearby, in Nikolayevsk,” he told RIA Novosti. “But those episodes have not had any effects on the language spoken in Ninilchik.”

The dialect of Russian discovered in Alaska has many Russian words that have acquired a new meaning. Some words originate from Siberian dialects, as well as from the English, Eskimo and Athabaskan languages. The Ninilchik dialect no longer has the neutral gender, and the female gender is often replaced by the male gender.

Most of the people in Ninilchik now speak English; only 20 people still remember how to speak Russian, and all of them are more than 75 years old. In 1997, Russian linguists came to the town at the invitation of local residents to collect material for a dictionary. The goal of the 2012 expedition was to verify the data gathered in 1997 and to record audio and video of the local dialect being spoken. The scientists are planning to finish their work on the dictionary in 2014.

http://rbth.com/society/2013/05/29/russi...26519.html

Couldn't find any audio samples. Interesting anyway.

"Whoever says that he "belongs to his time" is only saying that he agrees with the largest number of fools at that moment." - Nicolás Gómez Dávila

[Image: ecc9v9ru.jpg]
2015 Nov 16 20:49
Like PostLIKE REPLY
The following 6 users Like Temnozor's post:
Aptrgangr (17-11-2015), Artturi (16-11-2015), Mylene (16-11-2015), Osweo (17-11-2015), Surtr Kvlt (16-11-2015), W. R. (17-11-2015)
Osweo
Offline
Member



England

Posts: 2.865
Joined: Mar 2012
Reputation: 894
Post: #2
RE: Russian language's most isolated dialect found in Alaska
Just one sentence. ежди ты в мене каменем кинешь я Божиньки скажу




“Ana m’in’a pushila. Ya hat’el
yiyo zamaknut’. Shtop ya push
yiyo n’e sl’ihal”
(Она меня бранила. Я хотел ее
запереть, чтобы я ее брань
не слышал)

BASHKA . . . . . . . . . . череп
BEYB’ICHKA . . . . . . . . . . ребенок
CHIHOTKA . . . . . . . . . . туберкулез
CHUHN’A . . . . . . . . . . финн
D'EDUSHKA KAMAR . . . . . . . . . . крупный комар
GAZAL'IN . . . . . . . . . . моторная лодка
KARA . . . . . . . . . . машина
KROSHK'I . . . . . . . . . . уголь
KRUPA . . . . . . . . . . рис
MARSKOY CHAYKA . . . . . . . . . . рыба-скат
MUZHIKAN'ITS . . . . . . . . . . музыкант
PAWAROTK'I . . . . . . . . . . портянки
PRASTAK'ISHA . . . . . . . . . . простокваша
W'ISHKA . . . . . . . . . . второй этаж




(rather dull, basic and slow, I'm afraid. The old woman recites some little nursery rhyme about the goats and grey wolves at 40 mins, but the sound is pretty crap. They shudda conducted some of the gathering IN Russian, if they really wanted to jog the memories of the older people)

: : :

Ah, here´s chto-to to listen to:
http://ninilchikrussian.com/recordings/recordings.html

"And now if a whole nation fell into that? In such a case, I answer, infallibly they will return out of it. For life is no cunningly-devised deception or self deception, it is a great truth that thou art alive, that thou hast desires, necessities: neither can these subsist and satisfy themselves on delusions, but on fact. To fact, depend on it, we shall come back: to such fact, blessed or cursed, as we have wisdom for."
Thomas Carlyle
2015 Nov 17 10:27
Like PostLIKE REPLY
The following 1 user Likes Osweo's post:
W. R. (17-11-2015)
Temnozor
Offline
Kornilov did nothing wrong
Supervision



Россия

Posts: 2.588
Joined: Mar 2012
Reputation: 641
Post: #3
RE: Russian language's most isolated dialect found in Alaska
(2015 Nov 17 10:27)Osweo Wrote:  BASHKA . . . . . . . . . . череп
BEYB’ICHKA . . . . . . . . . . ребенок
CHIHOTKA . . . . . . . . . . туберкулез
CHUHN’A . . . . . . . . . . финн
D'EDUSHKA KAMAR . . . . . . . . . . крупный комар
GAZAL'IN . . . . . . . . . . моторная лодка
KARA . . . . . . . . . . машина
KROSHK'I . . . . . . . . . . уголь
KRUPA . . . . . . . . . . рис
MARSKOY CHAYKA . . . . . . . . . . рыба-скат
MUZHIKAN'ITS . . . . . . . . . . музыкант
PAWAROTK'I . . . . . . . . . . портянки
PRASTAK'ISHA . . . . . . . . . . простокваша
W'ISHKA . . . . . . . . . . второй этаж

Seems to be more heavily influenced by English at this point than any of the local native languages. Anyway, now we should send somebody to tell these people about People's Republics and the bloody Washington junta. I'd volunteer as an emissary if the Kremlin would ask.

"Whoever says that he "belongs to his time" is only saying that he agrees with the largest number of fools at that moment." - Nicolás Gómez Dávila

[Image: ecc9v9ru.jpg]
2015 Nov 17 13:01
Like PostLIKE REPLY
The following 2 users Like Temnozor's post:
Artturi (17-11-2015), Osweo (17-11-2015)


Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)