Aivilik dialect

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Native toCanada
RegionAivilik, Nunavut
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Inuktitut dialect map.svg
Inuit dialects. Aivilik is the dark blue to the west of Hudson Bay.

Aivilik, also known as Aivilingmiutut, Aivilimmiutut, Aivillirmiut, and Kangiqłniq, is a Canadian dialect of the Inuit language spoken along the northwestern shores of Hudson Bay in Nunavut. The governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories generally consider it to be a dialect of Inuktitut, due to its location in Nunavut, as do some linguists,[1] but it is instead sometimes classified as a dialect of Inuvialuk.[2] However, Inuktitut and Inuvialuk form a dialect continuum with few sharp boundaries.


  1. ^ Goddard (1996) The Classification of the Native Languages of North America", Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 17:4–8[1]
  2. ^ Languages of Canada, Ethnologue, ed. 17[2]