Western Canadian Inuktitut

Inuktitut is the language of the Inuit people who live in the Arctic regions of Canada. It is a member of the Inuit-Yupik family of languages, which includes the languages of the Inuit people of Greenland and Alaska. Inuktitut is spoken in three main dialects: Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, and Iñupiaq. Inuktitut is a polysynthetic language, which means that words can be very long and can express complex ideas. For example, the word "qanuk" can mean "snowflake" or "to snow". Inuktitut also has a rich oral tradition. Stories and songs are passed down from generation to generation. The Inuit people have their own alphabet, which is called "Inuktitut syllabics". This alphabet was developed in the 19th century by missionaries who were trying to help the Inuit people learn to read and write. Inuktitut syllabics are still used today, and they are also used to write Inuktitut words in the Latin alphabet. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the Inuktitut language. More and more people are learning Inuktitut, and there are now a number of Inuktitut immersion programs in schools.

Language group

Eskimo-Aleut languages

Language locales, regions and scripts

Western Canadian Inuktitut
Western Canadian Inuktitut, Latin