What Language Do Real Evenki Speak?

  title={What Language Do Real Evenki Speak?},
  author={Nadezhda Mamontova},
  journal={Anthropology \& Archeology of Eurasia},
  pages={37 - 75}
  • N. Mamontova
  • Published 1 April 2014
  • Linguistics
  • Anthropology & Archeology of Eurasia
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