|Also Known As: Ostyak Samoyed
Selkup language is a language of the Selkups. It is spoken by some 1,570 people (1994 est.) in the region between the Ob and Yenisei Rivers (in Siberia). The language name Selkup comes from the Russian "cелькупский язык" (selkupsky yazyk}}. However, the most common native name for the language is шӧльӄумыт әты šöľqumyt әty, lit. forest-man language. Different dialects use different names, and these variations are shown in the infobox to the right.
The Selkup language belongs to the Samoyedic group of the Uralic language family. There are three main dialects in the Selkup language, including the Taz dialect (тазовский диалект, tazovsky dialekt), which became the basis of the Selkup written language in the 1930s, Tym dialect (тымский диалект, tymsky dialekt), and Ket dialect (кетский диалект, ketsky dialekt). There are 25 vowel and 16 consonant phonemes in the Taz dialect...... full article at Wikipedia