Alutiiq online

I haven’t seen any news on Alaskan languages or linguistics lately, so I’ve been revisiting sites I have bookmarked. The Alutiiq Museum, in particular, has some resources for the Alutiiq language called Sharing Words, making it more accessible for learners (or speakers wishing to know more about its structure). It’s the only site I recall seeing that attempts to explain complex, polysynthetic grammar in layman’s terms.

(Note: Alutiiq is not Aleut, though the names are similar. Aleut is its own branch of the Eskimo-Aleut family, while Alutiiq is a member of the Yupik subfamily of Eskimo. Alutiiq is also known as Sugpiaq, Pacific Gulf Eskimo, Chugach Eskimo, Sugcestun, and a handful of other names. Its geographical distribution can be seen on this map from the Alaska Native Language Center.)

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One thought on “Alutiiq online

  1. northof60 November 9, 2006 / 11:22 am

    Found an interesting on-line resource about Alutiiq at:

    http://www.asna.ca/alaska

    It has a number of historic Orthodox Christian texts from the 19th and 20th centuries in Aleut, Alutiiq, Tlingit and Yup’ik. The Alutiiq texts are in the original Cyrillic alphabet.

  2. tulugaq November 9, 2006 / 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the link. I recall seeing it before, but forgot there was any Alutiiq content. I think it’s fantastic that these sources are available at the click of a button.

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