Alaska, the coldest U.S. state, nestled snuggly up in the northwestern corner of Canada, has retained its indigenous languages better than many other U.S. states. As many as 20 unique indigenous languages are spoken across the state, including Central Alaskan Yup’ik, which is the second-most widely spoken indigenous language in the United States, coming in second to Navajo.
Despite being the second-biggest U.S. indigenous language, Central Alaskan Yup’ik only has around 20,000 speakers—such is the situation of U.S. indigenous languages. Since children still generally learn the language, Yup’ik’s situation is not as precarious as many other U.S. indigenous languages, but it’s nonetheless classified as “vulnerable,” since the ubiquity of English threatens to overtake Yup’ik. Due to these circumstances, when you try to look for Central Alaskan Yup’ik translation services, they’re difficult to find—but TranslationServices.com has stepped in and is offering Central Alaskan Yup’ik translation services to anyone who needs them.
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Discovering the United States’ second-biggest indigenous language: Central Alaskan Yup’ik
Central Alaskan Yup’ik, spoken in central western Alaska, is from the Eskimo–Aleut language family, which means it’s related to the Inuit languages spoken in northern Alaska and Canada. As a member of the Yup’ik language branch, it’s closely related to Central Siberian Yup’ik, spoken on St. Lawrence Island and Russia, as well as Naukan Yup’ik, also spoken in Russia. Alutiiq, another indigenous language spoken in Alaska, is also from the Yup’ik branch. Similarly to its Inuit cousins, Central Alaskan Yup’ik is characterized by its polysynthetic nature, where suffixes are piled onto word roots to create long and informationally dense words.
In many cases, a single verb in Yup’ik can be translated into an entire sentence in English, and since the language has so much inflection, word order is relatively free. Numerous suffixes are appended to nouns and verbs alike to indicate number, person, and all sorts of nuances and qualities, including turning nouns into verbs and vice versa. Interestingly, Central Alaskan Yup’ik doesn’t even have adjectives, instead attaching suffixes to nouns to achieve adjectival meanings. Yup’ik has seven nominal cases, including ergative (to mark transitive subjects) and absolutive (to mark intransitive subjects and transitive objects), as well as four independent moods and nine connective moods for its verbs.
Central Alaskan Yup’ik is a grammatically complex but wholly fascinating language with a rich history and culture—and our Yup’ik translation team is thrilled to assist you in your translation needs.
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