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Prof Irina Nikolaeva Inaugural Lecture: The Mystery of One of Russia's Smallest Ethnic Groups: the Language and Origin of the Yukaghirs

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Prof Irina Nikolaeva Inaugural Lecture
Professor Irina Nikolaeva

Date: 20 June 2012Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 20 June 2012Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Inaugural Lecture

Series: SOAS Inaugural Lecture Series

The Yukaghirs are one of the smallest ethnic groups in Russia. The seventy remaining speakers of the Yukaghir language live in a few scattered villages in the extreme North-East of Siberia. There is no obvious genetic relationship between Yukaghir and the other languages of the area, or indeed anywhere else. This lecture considers some linguistic evidence that may help to solve the mystery of the origin of the Yukaghirs and their place in the prehistory of Northern Asia.

Prof Irina Nikolaeva Inaugural Lecture: The Mystery of One of Russia's Smallest Ethnic Groups: the Language and Origin of the Yukaghirs

 

Irina Nikolaeva was a postgraduate at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Leiden, where she received her PhD in Linguistics in 1999. After working at several universities in Germany and the UK, she joined SOAS in 2007 as Lecturer in Language Documentation and Description.

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