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The group’s phonemic systems have differing compositions. Itelmen is the richest, having consonants unknown in the other languages as well as variants on the basic types of vowels and consonants. The phonemically poorest is Kerek, which lacks even some of the basic phonemes in the group. All the Chukchi-Kamchadal languages have inherently the same basic consonant changes (assimilation, dissimilation and alternation) which are commonest in Chukchi and rarest in Itelmen. A phonetic characteristic common to the group, except for Kerek, is a fundamentally identical vowel harmony that is none the less expressed in varying degrees.
8 Study of the ancient and contemporary Northern cultures has provided persuasive evidence of their continuity and of the contemporary population’s ethnogenetic links with their forebears in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. At the same time, the profound social role that art plays in the Northern peoples’ lives must be emphasized. Their art has recorded the information yielded by experience and observations of nature and social life, while simultaneously satisfying their aesthetic requirements. Visual art is an ancient field of national creativity.
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Arctic Languages: An Awakening by Dirmid R. F. Collis