By: Jacobson, Steven A.
In a series of carefully drawn maps, Steven Jacobson depicts the distribution of word choices by village when a given item has two or more Yup’ik equivalents. Patterns and transitions from one dialect to another are revealed in a language area that encompasses all of Southwestern Alaska from Unalakleet to the Alaska Peninsula. Individual distribution maps make up the largest part of this study, but in another section, isogloss maps delineate the divisions between dialects and display the degree to which the four dialects differ from the main dialect of Yup’ik. Data were collected from surveys completed by bilingual teachers in more than 60 villages. Includes 209 maps, bibliography.