Paleoasian (Paleosiberian) languages - a group of genetically unrelated languages spoken in Siberia and the Far East. The term "Paleoasian" is used as a common designation for the following linguistic groups and isolated languages:

Yeniseian languages, spoken in Siberia along the River Yenisey:

  • Ket
  • Sym
  • Kott, Ari, Pumpokol and others (now extinct)

Luorawetlan (Chukotka-Kamchatka) languages - a family of languages spoken by the native population of the Chukotka and Kamchatka peninsulas.

Eskimo-Aleut languages - a family of languages spoken in the Chukotka Peninsula and the Bering Island (Russia), in Alaska and the Aleut Islands (USA), in the northern regions of Canada and in Greenland. Includes two branches - Eskimo and Aleut. The following languages are spoken in Russia:

  • Aleut
  • Language(s) of the Asian Eskimos

Isolated languages

The Chukchi, Eskimo, Koryak and Nivkh written languages were created in the 1930's (first on the Latin, later Russian script). New Cyrillic-based writing systems for Itelmen, Ket and Yukaghir have been developed since the 1980's.


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