Talk:Inupiat language

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help needed re origin of English word "nanook"[edit]

On University of Alaska Fairbanks there is a note that the athletic teams (named the Nanooks) derive this name from an Inupiaq word used for polar bear. Can anyone here help determine what the origin of this (English) word is and what it actually means? or at least rule out Inupiaq as the etymological source? The suggested etymology was nanuq. Deirdre 00:34, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

The Inupiaq word for polar bear is indeed nanuq, so the note on the site is correct (and why shouldn't it?). — N-true 20:32, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Inupiaq is not Inuktitut[edit]

Inupiaq (Alaskan Inuit) is not Inuktitut (Canadian Inuit) --Kmoksy (talk) 21:17, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

IPA for the language[edit]

It's good to see the IPA transcription for the Roman script used. However, it would be useful to have the symbols filled in a standard IPA chart so as to match their place and mode of articulation.

Also, the vowels are not well explained, nor the use of stress in the language, and what about double consonants/vowels: do they have to do with stress, timing, geminate pronunciation, etc? Can "ch" or "sr" as digraphs also be doubled (chch or srsr)???

EDIT: I just noticed on the Inupiak version of the page [f] is mentioned...is this an alophone of /v/ or which sound? dialectal?

98.249.209.39 (talk) 02:02, 2 September 2010 (UTC)Tom