The Language of the Inuit: Syntax, Semantics, and Society in the Arctic

The Language of the Inuit: Syntax, Semantics, and Society in the Arctic

by Louis-Jacques Dorais

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The Language of the Inuit: Syntax, Semantics, and Society in the Arctic by Louis-Jacques Dorais

The culmination of forty years of research, The Language of the Inuit maps the geographical distribution and linguistic differences between the Eskaleut and Inuit languages and dialects. Providing details about aspects of comparative phonology, grammar, and lexicon as well as Inuit prehistory and historical evolution, Louis-Jacques Dorais shows the effects of bilingualism, literacy, and formal education on Inuit language and considers its present status and future. An enormous task, masterfully accomplished, The Language of the Inuit is not only an anthropological and linguistic study of a language and the broad social and cultural contexts where it is spoken but a history of the language's speakers.

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ISBN-13: 9780773544451
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Series: McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series , #58
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 397
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Maps and Tables ix

Preface xi

Introduction 3

1 The Eskaleut Family of Languages 7

2 The Inuit Language 27

3 The Nunavik Dialect of Inuktitut 66

4 The Prehistory of the Inuit Language 88

5 Historical Sources and Linguistic Change 106

6 Semantics, Neology, and Oral Literature 135

7 Literacy and Formal Education 172

8 Language Contact and Bilingualism 215

9 The Current Status of the Inuit Language 235

10 Conclusion: Language and Identity in the Arctic 261

Appendices

1 The Possessive Noun Declension (Nunavik Inuktitut) 279

2 The Grammatical Endings of Verbs (Nunavik Inuktitut) 283

3 Categories of Lexical Affixes with Nunavik Inuktitut Examples 289

4 Inuit First and Home Languages in Inuit nunaat (Canada) in 2006 292

Notes 297

References 343

Index 387

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