Reindeer-Herding Lexicon as System-Structure Organization in the Language of the Alutor Koryaks

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Abstract

This article analyzes the semantic structure of domestic deer herd names in Alutor, a Kamchatkan language spoken by a semisettled group of Koryaks. The structure of the lexicon shows a variety of names of herds and parts of herds according to sex and age of a deer and the relative location of a deer in the herd, and of names of harnesses and parts of harnesses. Herd names and names of parts of reindeer harnesses represent composite lexemes consisting of simple nouns. All Alutor names in the present article are explained in their contexts, as well as in the hierarchical organization of the hypero-hyponymic groups in which synonym relations and relations of variation are being observed.

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Anatoly Sorokin is a postgraduate student of Russian philology at Vitus Bering Kamchatka State University working on research concerning the Alutor language, its lexicon, and the semantic structure of words for different types of traditional activities of the Alutors. He is a member of the Friendship of the Northerners Public Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the North in Kamchatkskii krai and is actively involved in culture and language development projects. His research borders on linguistics, dialectology, indigenous education, indigenous activism, and the revitalization of minority languages. E-mail: asorokin23@yahoo.co.jp

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Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies

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