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Title [Eyak Vocabulary]
Description: 1 Ms. Comparative wordlist. Sixth column is Eyak, ca. 1,175 items, done late 1805 in Sitka.  Published by Radloff, 1857.
2 Notes and correspondence by M. Krauss.
Comments Nikolai Petrovich Rezanov [1764-1807] was a founder of the Russian-American Company.  On a trip to Alaska, sometime around late 1805, he created a comparative word list / dictionary for six of the peoples inhabiting the Aleutian Archipelago and the Northwest Coast of America.  The languages as he named them are: Unalaska or basic Aleutian, Kadiak, Kinai, Chugach, the language of the Ugalyakhmut who "constitute a small nation living near Yakutat or Bering Bay,  Their language is entirely different from others, though some words they have borrowed from the Kolyuzh contiguous  with them.  The Kolyuzh or Kalosh extend from Yakutat southward to the Queen Charlotte Islands…" (from a translation of Rezanov's draft text appended to his dictionary).  [historical information from the folder]
Citation In Slovar' Unalashkinskago, Kad'yaksago, Kinayskago, Kolyuzhskago, Ugalykhmutskago, i Chugatskago Yazykov.  Fond Adelunga, Academy of Sciences, Leningrad, ms. 118, 61 pp.
Contributors Rezanov, Nikolai Petrovich (author)
Type Text
Subject Language(s) Eyak
LingType ethnographic
Files: EY805R1805.pdf

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