Selkup language - one of the Samoyedic languages. Spoken in the northeastern and eastern parts of Western Siberia. The number of Selkups in Russia is 3,6 thousand. 47,7 % of them regard Selkup as their mother tongue, 50,6 % Russian.

Christian missionaries published a number of Selkup books (Cyrillic script) at the end of the 19th and in the beginning of the 20th centuries. A written language based on the Taz dialect and the Latin script was created in the beginning of the 1930's. Later it was transferred into Cyrillic, but was hardly used after the 1950's. A new written language has been developed since the 1980's.


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