Inuktun is a member of the Inuit branch of the Eskimo-Aleut language family. It is spoken in by about 800 people in the north of Avannaata municipality in the northwest of Greenland, particularly in the town of Qaanaaq and the nearby villages of Moriusaq, Siorapaluk, Qeqertat, Qeqertarsuaq and Savissivik. Qaanaaq was formerly known as Thule or New Thule.
Inuktun is also known as Inughuit Greenlandic, Polar Inuit, Thule Inuit, Polar Eskimo or North Greenlandic. It is closely related to Greenlandic, and languages such as Inuktitut and Inuvialuktun in Canada. The people who speak it are known as Inguhuit or Inuhuit. It has no standard alphabet, and it is not taught in schools. However, a way to write it with the Latin alphabet was developed by Michael Fortescue, a linguist from the University of Edinburgh.
Speakers of Inuktun also speak standard Greenlandic, and many also speak Danish.
Information about the Inuktun language
Page created: 21.09.23. Last modified: 22.09.23
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