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The language of the Inuit [electronic resource] : syntax, semantics, and society in the Arctic / Louis-Jacques Dorais.

Author/Creator:
Dorais, Louis-Jacques, 1945-
Publication:
MontreĢal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2010
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (409 p.)
Series:
McGill-Queen's native and northern series ; 58.
McGill-Queen's native and northern series ; 58
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Subjects:
Inuktitut language -- Social aspects.
Inuit -- Languages.
Inuit language.
Inuit language -- Social aspects.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
"The Inuit occupy an immense area of land - from the easternmost tip of Russia, through Alaska and Canada, to Greenland. Inuit language, history, semantics, sociology, and anthropology show a variety of distinct characteristics in different parts of this vast area. Covering an equally impressive range, The Language of the Inuit is the most comprehensive study to date of the language and the forces that have affected its development. 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."--pub. desc.
Contents:
Introduction
The Eskaleut family of languages
The Inuit language
The Nunavik Dialect of Inukitut
The prehistory of the Inuit language
Historical sources and linguistic change
Semantics, neology, and oral change
Literacy and formal education
Language contact and bilingualism
The current status of the Inuit Language
Conclusion : language and identity in the arctic
Appendices. The possessive noun declension (Nunavik Inuktitut) ; The grammatical endings of verbs (Nunavik Inuktitut) ; Categories of lexical affixes with Nunavik Inuktitut examples ; Inuit first and home languages in Inuit nunaat (Canada) in 2006.
Notes:
"Inuit uqausingit"--Cover, in syllabics.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [343]-386) and index.
ISBN:
0-7735-8162-6
OCLC:
767733303