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.
Louis-Jacques Dorais is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Universite Laval.
Maps and Tables; Preface Introduction; 1 The Eskaleut Family of Languages; 2 The Inuit Language; 3 The Nunavik Dialect of Inuktitut; 4 The Prehistory of the Inuit Language; 5 Historical Sources and Linguistic Change; 6 Semantics, Neology, and Oral Literature; 7 Literacy and Formal Education; 8 Language Contact and Bilingualism; 9 The Current Status of the Inuit Language; 10 Conclusion: Language and Identity in the Arctic APPENDICES: 1 The Possessive Noun Declension (Nunavik Inuktitut); 2 The Grammatical Endings of Verbs (Nunavik Inuktitut); 3 Categories of Lexical Affixes with Nunavik Inuktitut Examples; 4 Inuit First and Home Languages in Inuit nunaat (Canada) in 2006 Notes; References; Index