Kangiryuarmiut Inuinnaqtun Dictionary

Emily Kudlak et Richard Compton. 2018. Kangiryuarmiut Inuinnaqtun Uqauhiitaa Numiktitirutait—Kangiryuarmiut Inuinnaqtun Dictionary. Nunavut Arctic College Media. 554 pages.

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.

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