North Baffin dialect

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North Baffin
Qikiqtaaluk uannangani
Native toCanada
Early forms
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottologbaff1240  all Baffin dialects
Inuit dialects. North Baffin is the powder blue to the north of Hudson Bay.

The North Baffin dialect (Qikiqtaaluk uannangani or Iglulingmiut) of Inuktitut is spoken on the northern part of Baffin Island, at Igloolik and the adjacent part of the Melville Peninsula, and in other Inuit communities in the far north of Nunavut, like Resolute, Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet, Clyde River, and Arctic Bay.

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 Inuvialuktun.[2] However, Inuktitut and Inuvialuktun form a dialect continuum with few sharp boundaries.

The North Baffin dialect is the spoken in the film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.


  1. ^ Dorais, Louis-Jacques; Sammons, Susan (2000). "Discourse and Identity in the Baffin Region". Arctic Anthropology. 37 (2): 92–110. JSTOR 40316532 – via JSTOR.
  2. ^ "Canada". Ethnologue. Archived from the original on 2019-04-15.