ᐃᔪᐤ ᐃᔨᒧᐅᓐ iyuw iyimuun
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The term Naskapi is chiefly used to describe the language of the people living in the interior of Quebec and Labrador in or around the village of Kawawachikamach. Naskapi is a y-dialect which has many linguistic features in common with the Northern dialect of East Cree, and also shares many lexical items with Mushuau Innu. While there is a much closer linguistic and cultural relationship between Kawawachikamach (Western, or Koksoak variety) and Natuashish (Eastern, Mushuau Innu, or Davis Inlet variety) than between Naskapi and the other Cree and Innu language communities, Naskapi remains unique and distinct from all other language varieties in the Quebec-Labrador peninsula.
- Long vowels: /i/, /a/, /o/
- Short vowels: /ɪ~ə/, /ʌ~ə/, /o~ʊ~u/
- Lewis, M. Paul (ed.), 2009. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version:
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