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Inuktitut, Greenlandic

A language of Greenland

ISO 639-3kal

Population  47,800 in Greenland (1995 M. Krauss). 3,000 East Greenlandic, 44,000 West Greenlandic, 800 North Greenlandic. Population total all countries: 57,800.
Region  About 80 communities of populations over 10. Also in Denmark.
Alternate names   Greenlandic, Kalaallisut
Dialects  West Greenlandic, East Greenlandic, “Polar Eskimo” (North Greenlandic, Thule Inuit). Dialects border on being different languages (1995 M. Krauss).
Classification  Eskimo-Aleut, Eskimo, Inuit
Language use  National language. Vigorous in Greenland. Also use Danish [dan].
Language development  Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. Bible: 1900.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Fishermen; fur export.

Also spoken in:

Denmark

Language name   Kalaallisut, Greenlandic
Population  10,000 in Denmark (2002).
Alternate names  Inuktitut, Greenlandic
 
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