Definition of Inuktitut in English:

Inuktitut

(also Inuktituk)

noun

mass noun
  • The Inuit language.

    • ‘I can think of more than a handful of Inuit who would not fear to be politically incorrect if the occasion called for it in conversing with Inuit of influence in Inuktitut.’
    • ‘Central to the realization of an Inuit government is the success of establishing Inuktitut as the working language of the government of Nunavut.’
    • ‘And only 64 per cent of Inuit said that Inuktitut was the main language used at home.’
    • ‘The Inuit speak six dialects of a common language, Inuktitut, and are divided into eight main tribal groups.’
    • ‘Inuit children grow up bilingual in Inuktitut and French or English.’
    • ‘Learned about Inuktitut (the language spoken by the Inuit) and learned some small phrases.’
    • ‘This new information is posing something of a problem for the Inuit language, Inuktitut.’
    • ‘Manirajak fought to have Inuktitut and Cree languages broadcast.’
    • ‘There are two sources of native borrowing: the Canadian Indian languages such as Cree, Dene, and Ojibwa, and Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit or Eskimo.’
    • ‘Signs are written both in English and Inuktitut, the Inuit language.’
    • ‘It was followed by Dene, Inuktitut, Slavey, Dogrib and Ojibway translations.’
    • ‘In doing so, it would establish Inuinnaqtun as a distinct language from Inuktitut, rather than a dialect, as Aariak has recommended.’
    • ‘The story about Inuit (or Inuktitut, or Yup'ik, or more generally, Eskimo) words for snow is completely wrong.’
    • ‘For the vast majority of the 600 students at Gammeqarfik, their first language is Greenlandic, a dialect of Inuktitut.’
    • ‘Piugattuk speaks Inuktitut and has traditional Inuit skills that would have been difficult to fake on film.’
    • ‘Is there not a social and political willingness to know and teach about Inuktitut and Inuit culture in a land where 85 per cent of the population are Inuit?’
    • ‘It is ironic, but if we want to develop Inuktitut as a working language we need to be highly literate in English and possibly French.’
    • ‘Besides being fluent in French, Cunningham also reads, writes and speaks Inuktitut, which he's studied since moving to Pangnirtung more than a decade ago.’
    • ‘The whites and the Inuit will ‘work hand in hand to build a better territory for everybody’ while his children will learn to speak English and Inuktitut.’
    • ‘Her linguistic skills were so good she listed Inuktitut as her second language when applying to McGill University in 1967.’

Origin

Inuit, literally ‘the Inuk way’, used as the title of a periodical.

Pronunciation

Inuktitut

/ɪˈnʊktɪtʊt/