Nivkh toponyms in the Amur-Sakhalin region of the Russian Far East

Ekaterina Gruzdeva, Marina Temina

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This paper offers a survey of the indigenous toponymy of a limited geographical region covering the lower course of the river Amur and the island of Sakhalin in the Russian Far East. Place names of this region come from both indigenous and colonial languages and reveal several historical layers. The paper focuses on the toponyms which originate from the genetically isolated Nivkh (Ghilyak) language and examines the structural and semantic patterns of their derivation. The analysis of the material confirms that toponymy encodes important information about the ways in which indigenous peoples conceptualize the world and perceive their immediate ecological environment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAltai hakpo
Pages (from-to)167-204
Number of pages38
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • toponym
  • Nivkh
  • Amur
  • Sakhalin

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