Languages

Saami, Kildin

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  • Language: Saami, Kildin
  • Alternate names: "Kildin Lappish", "Lapp", Saam, Saami
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:sjd
  • Language family: Uralic, Sami, Eastern
  • Number of speakers: 800

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Introduction

Kildin Sami is a Sami language spoken by approximately 500 people on the Kola Peninsula in northwestern Russia. Kildin Sami is written using an official Cyrillic script.

Although Kildin Sámi is spoken by about 500 people throughout the Kola Peninsula, the area around Lovozero has the highest concentration of speakers. It is the largest of the Eastern Sami languages by virtue of the number of its speakers. Its future, however, appears to not be as bright as that of Skolt Sámi or Inari Sámi. The Sámi language that is often considered to be closest to Kildin Sámi, Akkala Sámi?, is often considered to be a dialect of Kildin Sámi.

The Verb

Kildin seems to be grammaticalizing an analytical future tense form with theauxiliary all'ke to start, to become. Future tense is not known to occur in other Sami languages.

mɨjjall'k'-eplōgk-e
1PLFUT-1PLread-INF

we will read

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