name of several Inuit languages spoken in Canada
Inuktitut is a language of the Arctic, spoken by Inuits in Canada and in Greenland. Inuktitut is a very complex language. It is an official language in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
|Eastern Canadian Inuktitut|
|Native to||Canada, United States|
|Region||Northwest Territories, Nunatsiavut (Newfoundland and Labrador), Nunavik (Quebec), Nunavut, Alaska|
|39,475 (2016 census)|
36,000 together with Inuvialuktun (2006)
|Inuktitut syllabics, Inuktitut Braille, Latin|
Official language in
|Regulated by||Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and various other local institutions.|
ike – Eastern Canadian Inuktitut
ikt – Inuinnaqtun
The Inuit write Inuktitut in two ways. One way to write Inuktitut is by using the Roman alphabet. The other way to write Inuktitut is by using an abugida, which is a kind of alphabet which has letters based on syllables.
The Inuktitut syllabary uses a small part of the Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, a set of letters made up for writing down many of the languages of the First Nations people in Canada.
Some words in English come from Inuktitut or another Inuit language. Among them are the words anorak, igloo, and kayak.
- ↑ "Census in Brief: The Aboriginal languages of First Nations people, Métis and Inuit". Statistics Canada. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-12.