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Kangiryuarmiut Inuinnaqtun

Uqauhiitaa Numiktitirutait Dictionary

by (author) Emily Kudlak & Richard Compton

Nunavut Arctic College
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Dictionaries, Multi-Language Dictionaries, Indigenous Studies, Native American Languages, General
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
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The product of intensive, highly detailed work, this dictionary is more than a language document. It is a unique window into the Inuinnait culture and way of life. Kangiryuarmiut Inuinnaqtun Uqauhiitaa Numiktitirutait—Kangiryuarmiut Inuinnaqtun Dictionary details the Kangiryuarmiut dialect of Inuinnaqtun, as spoken in the community of Ulukhaktok in the Inuvialuit Region of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Very similar dialects of Inuinnaqtun are spoken in Qurluqtuq (Kugluktuk) and Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay) in Nunavut. This is the most comprehensive dictionary of any Western Canadian dialect of the Inuit language. It contains over 5,000 Inuinnaqtun entries and subentries with their translations, over 3,000 example sentences, and a large inventory of suffixes. The introduction includes a brief overview of Inuinnaqtun, its sound system, orthography, and major word classes. Main entries include both related subentries and examples. Suffix entries include information about lexical categories, inflection, the different forms a suffix may take, and examples of how each suffix is used.

About the authors

Emily Kudlak is an Inuvialuk and a Kangiryuarmiut Inuinnaqtun speaker from the community of Ulukhaktok, in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. Emily is currently the Elder Coordinator and the Skills Instructor at Helen Kalvak Elihakvik School, assisting in promoting and teaching the language.

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Richard Compton is an Associate Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Quebec, Canada. He earned his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Toronto in 2012. Richard’s research examines the syntax and morphology of the Inuit language, including such topics as lexical categories, verb agreement, and complex word formation.


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