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Yale awards grant to help save Alaska Native language

Posted: Friday, November 22, 2002

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- The Endangered Language Fund at Yale University has awarded a grant to a Russian researcher who is trying to help preserve a Native language spoken in Alaska and Siberia.

Siberian Yupik was suppressed in Siberia during Soviet days, but is still spoken by people on St. Lawrence Island in Alaska.

To foster travel between the two groups, Nikolai Vakhtin of the European University in St. Petersburg is developing a travel phrase book for Russian Yupiks.

Vakhtin will receive a $14,000 grant from the Endangered Language Fund for the project.

The fund is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the linguistics department of Yale University. It was founded in 1995 to help native communities and scholars preserve languages that are in danger of extinction.

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