Written Inuktitut still "symbolic" only in Nunavut

Francis Hult francis.hult at utsa.edu
Tue Feb 2 15:50:58 UTC 2010

Via lgpolicy...

Researcher: written Inuktitut still "symbolic" only in Nunavut

"There seem to be a vicious circle that keeps the status of Inuktitut
at the level of a symbolic language."

Despite its official legal status, the Inuit language will never
become a functional language of work unless more people learn how to
read and write it, a Laval University researcher said in a recently
completed PhD thesis and other articles. "Inuktitut literacy has lost
its footing among most bilingual Nunavummiut," linguist Aurélie Hot
said in an article published last year in the Journal of Canadian
Studies. Between 2005 and 2007, Hot interviewed 11 people in Igloolik,
18 people in Iqaluit, as well as community leaders, government
employees and elders living in the two communities.

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