Alutiiq is a member of the Yupik branch of the Eskimo-Aleut language family. It is spoken in western and southwestern Alaska from the Alaska Peninsula to Prince William Sound. In 2010 there were 3,500 Alutiiq people, about 400 of whom spoke Alutiiq. The Alutiiq also call themselves Sugpiaq, and their language is also known as Sugpiak, Supiaq, Sugcestun, Suk, Supik, Pacific Gulf Yupik or Koniag-Chugach.
Alutiiq has two main dialects: Koniag Alutiiq, which is spoken in the upper part of the Alaska Peninsula and on Kodiak Island; and Chugach Alutiiq, which is spoken in Prince William Sound and on the Kenai Peninsula.
Alutiiq is also known as Sugpiak, Sugpiaq, Sugcestun,Suk, Supik, Pacific Gulf Yupik, Gulf Yupik or Koniag-Chugach. It is closely related to Central Alaskan Yup'ik.
Since 2010 the high school in Kodiak has taught Alutiiq.
When Alaska was part of Russia, Alutiiq was written with the Cyrillic alphabet, and still is in Orthodox texts. Nowadays it is written with the Latin alphabet.
The voiceless nasals are written without h after voiceless consonants.
Information about the Alutiiq language and people
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