Ajjigiinnginnatta (Because We Are Different): Linguistic Differences Between Inuktitut and Qallunaatitut, and Why It Matters - Raigelee Alorut
The presentation will discuss ways in which Inuktitut uniquely reflects Inuit conceptions of respectful relationships with (1) adults, (2) children, and (3) the natural world. The presenters will explain how the Inuit worldview ties in with linguistic phenomena such as polysynthesis, word order, specific verbs, metaphors, and details (or lack of details) for certain categories and nouns. Drawing on examples such as Inuktitut stories, naming traditions, humour and place names, presenters will reflect on the ways in which relationships with adults, children, and the natural world are conceptualized differently when Inuktitut concepts are translated into Qallunaatitut.
As well, the presenters will explore how learning Inuktitut can impact relationships between peoples, generations, and the natural world, including in Ottawa and Montreal, where Inuktitut has become the most spoken Indigenous mother tongue. Presenters will conclude that learning and fostering Inuktitut, including in urban settings, is an important part of tukisiqattautiniq.