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ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ, Inuktitut, Inuttitut, Inuktitun, Inuinnaqtun, Inuttut, and other local names
Native to Canada (Nunavut, Quebec (Nunavik), Northwest Territories, Newfoundland and Labrador (Nunatsiavut))
Native speakers 14,000  (1991)
36,000 together with Inuvialuk (2006)
Language family
  • Inuit
    • Inuktitut
Writing system Inuktitut syllabics, Latin
Official status
Official language in Nunavut, Nunavik, Northwest Territories, Nunatsiavut (Canada)
Regulated by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and various other local institutions.
Inuktitut dialect map
Distribution of Inuit language variants across the Arctic.

Inuktitut is a language of the Arctic, spoken by Inuits in Canada and in Greenland. Inuktitut is a very complex language. It is an official language in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

The Inuit write Inuktitut in two ways. One way to write Inuktitut is by using the Roman alphabet. The other way to write Inuktitut is by using an abugida, which is a kind of alphabet which has letters based on syllables.

The Inuktitut syllabary uses a small part of the Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, a set of letters made up for writing down many of the languages of the First Nations people in Canada.

Some words in English come from Inuktitut or another Inuit language. Among them are the words anorak, igloo, and kayak.

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