Kalaallisut

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West Greenlandic
Kalaallisut
Native to Western Greenland
Native speakers
ca. 53,000  (1995)[1]
Eskimo–Aleut
Official status
Official language in
Greenland (Denmark)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguist list
kal-wes
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Inuit dialects. Kalaallisut is in blue.

Kalaallisut is the name of the standard dialect of the Greenlandic language, spoken by the vast majority of the inhabitants of Greenland, as well as by Greenlandic Inuit in Denmark proper (in total, approximately 50,000 people). Kalaallisut means "Greenlandic" and is virtually identical to modern standard Greenlandic. It was historically spoken only in the southwestern part of Greenland, i.e. the region around Nuuk.

Tunumiit and Inuktun are regional dialects of Greenlandic, spoken by a small minority of the population. Danish remains an important lingua franca in Greenland and used in many parts of public life, as well as being the main language spoken by Danes in Greenland.


References[edit]

  1. ^ 44,000 in Greenland, and perhaps 20% more in Denmark. Greenlandic reference at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)