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Afterword to the Special Theme on “Issues in Ethnonymics in Northeast Asia”

[Zakliuchenie k spetsial’noi teme nomera “Voprosy etnonimii Tikhookeanskogo regiona”

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541522020063


Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 18.02.2022

Accepted: 24.02.2022

About author(s)

Sergei Arutyunov | https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0195-3199 | gusaba@iea.ras.ru | Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (32a Leninsky
prospekt, Moscow, 119991, Russia)


Amur-Sakhalin region, Ainu, Nivkh, ethnonymics, toponymy, language relations, historical-cultural types


In the afterword to the special theme on “Issues in Ethnonymics in Northeast Asia”, the author stresses that the topic of ethnonymics is but a part of a larger set of research issues concerning the shaping of populations – both past and present – that have inhabited this faraway corner of Eurasia with its complex ethnic history. The article discusses the complicated linguistic makeup of the region, focusing on the relationship between the Ainu and the Nivkh languages, as two isolated and enigmatic idioms; and on Tungus-Manchu languages as representatives of the Altaic group of languages. The author hopes that the contributions featured in the special thematic section will be instrumental in advancing studies of this underrepresented research area.


Arutyunov, S.A. 2022. Zakliuchenie k spetsial’noi teme nomera “Voprosy etnonimii Tikhookeanskogo regiona [Afterword to the Special Theme on “Issues in Ethnonymics in Northeast Asia”]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 2: 95–100. https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541522020063 EDN: HRCOOC

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