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Author Dorais, Louis-Jacques, 1945- author.

Title Words of the Inuit : a semantic stroll through a northern culture / Louis-Jacques Dorais
Published Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada : University of Manitoba Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Series Contemporary studies on the North ; 7
Contemporary studies on the North ; 7.
Contents Cover -- Contents -- Preface by Lisa Koperqualuk -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Words from the Past: A Stroll Through Inuit Semantics -- Chapter 1: Words for Speaking About the Environment and the Land -- Chapter 2: Words for Speaking About Animals and Subsistence Activities -- Chapter 3: Words for Speaking About Humans and Spirits -- Chapter 4: Words for Speaking About Family, Kinship, and Naming -- Chapter 5: Words for Speaking About the Human Body -- Chapter 6: Words for Socializing in the Contemporary World -- Conclusion: Words for the Future
Appendix: Polysunthesis: A Big Word for Something Fairly Simple -- Notes -- Glossary of Inuit Words -- References
Summary "Words of the Inuit is an important compendium of Inuit culture illustrated through Inuit words. It brings the sum of the author's decades of experience and engagement with Inuit and Inuktitut to bear on what he fashions as an amiable, leisurely stroll through words and meanings. Inuit words are often more complex than English words and frequently contain small units of meaning that add up to convey a larger sensibility. Dorais' lexical and semantic analyses and reconstructions are not overly technical, yet they reliably evince connections and underlying significations that allow for an in-depth reflection on the richness of Inuit linguistic and cultural heritage and identity. An appendix on the polysynthetic character of Inuit languages includes more detailed grammatical description of interest to more specialist readers. Organized thematically, the book tours the histories and meanings of the words to illuminate numerous aspects of Inuit culture, including environment and the land; animals and subsistence activities; humans and spirits; family, kinship, and naming; the human body; and socializing with other people in the contemporary world. It concludes with a reflection on the usefulness for modern Inuit--especially youth and others looking to strengthen their cultural identity--to know about the underlying meanings embedded in their language and culture. With recent reports alerting us to the declining use of the Inuit language in the North, Words of the Inuit is a timely contribution."-- Provided by publisher
Analysis Anthropological linguistics
Canada, Northern
Inuit language
Language and culture
Social aspects
Social life and customs
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 15, 2020)
Subject Inuit language.
Inuit language -- Social aspects
Inuit language -- Semantics
Inuit language -- Grammar
Language and culture -- Canada, Northern
Anthropological linguistics -- Canada, Northern
Inuit -- Canada -- Social life and customs
Anthropological linguistics.
Inuit language.
Inuit language -- Grammar.
Inuit -- Social life and customs.
Language and culture.
Northern Canada.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780887558641