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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Endangered Languages: Eastern Europe & Eurasia

"The Mountain of Tongues"

Introduction

Eastern Europe and the parts of Eurasia currently or formerly contained within the Russian/Soviet state are home to a bewildering variety of languages.  Some of these are the result of recent migrations, resettlements, and the continuing expansion of dominant languages, but most of them are indigenous to the region, with roots going back to the dawn of recorded knowledge.  In terms of languages that are currently endangered, many of them can be found in Siberia and the Russian Far East, among the Finno-Ugric peoples of the northern part of European Russia and the Baltic region, and in the Caucasus, while nearly every country in Eastern Europe has minority languages in danger of disappearing.

The phrase "The Mountain of Tongues" is a medieval Arabic name for the region of Daghestan in extreme southern Russia, which is one of the most linguistically-diverse areas in the world.  Despite the fact that many of Daghestan's languages have only a few thousand or even a few hundred speakers, due to complex geographic, cultural and historical factors they have remained remarkable stable and persistent over time.

Research Data

Books at the Library

 

 

 

Author:  Jakobson, Roman, 1896-1982
Title:       Paleosiberian peoples and languages : a bibliographical guide / Roman Jakobson, Gerta Hüttl-Worth [and] John Fred Beebe.
Series:    Behavior science bibliographies.
Published:             New Haven : HRAF Press, 1957.
Physical Description:          vii, 222 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject (LCSH):  Arctic peoples
Hyperborean languages
Persistent link to this page: https://i-share.carli.illinois.edu/uiu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&v1=1&BBRecID=1040961
Institution:            University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
Location:              Shelved At International & Area Studies Ref Slavic [non-circulating]
Call Number:        016.572957 J21P →Text me this call number
Copy:     1
Status:   Available
Institution:            University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
Location:              Shelved At Main Stacks
Call Number:        016.572957 J21P →Text me this call number
Copy:     2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subject Headings

Caucasian languages

Daghestan languages

Dagestanian languages

Abkhazo-Adyghian languages

Circassian languages

Turkic languages

Hyperborean languages

Yeniseian languages

Ket language