ENGLISH/INUKTITUT
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Research Projects

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Inuktitut Phrase Book

Researcher: Alana Johns, Rita Andersen & Sybella Tuglavina

This project is developing an Inuktitut phrase book suited for the day-to-day life of Labrador Inuit. The goal is to create a guide of handy words and phrases to be used by Inuit working on their language skills. The phrase book, though similar to the books used by travelers in foreign lands, is aimed at the Labrador Inuit way of life, with culturally appropriate, practical phrases and terms. While Labrador Inuktitut does have a dictionary already, this will be the first phrase book for those wishing to quickly access the language where it is being used.

The book is being developed by Nain Elder and language-bearer Rita Andersen, Nunatsiavut Language Program Coordinator Sybella Tuglavina, and the University of Toronto Linguistics Professor Alana Johns. The book will receive submissions from all five of the communities in Nunatsiavut. A future phase of this project will produce an audio pronunciation guide to accompany the book.