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Inuktitut is the language of the Inuit or Eskimo. Depending of the geographic region, it has various names, for example Kalaallisut is the main language of Greenland; Inuttut for Labrador; Inuvialuktun for the MacKenzie Delta area; and Iñupiaq for the language spoken in Alaska. It is a member of the Eskimo-Aleut language family.[1]

The syllabary was adapted from the Cree syllabary (Nêhiyaw), by two English missionaries, John Horden and E. A. Watkins, during the late 19th century. It is written from left to right in horizontal lines.[2]

In Canada's new territory Nunavut, the national anthem is sung in English, French, and Inuktitut.[3]


  1. University of Toronto, Inuktitut, by Alana Johns, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto [1]
  2., Inuktitut syllabary, by Simon Ager [2] This site contains a chart of the Inuktitut syllabary.
  3. Knight's Canadian Info Collection, Nunavut and the Inuktitut Language [3] This site contains some useful phrases in Inuktitut, as well as the words to the Canadian national anthem and some information about the territory of Nunavut.

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