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GenealogyCanadian Aboriginal Syllabics
LocationAmericas > Canada
Time1856 CE to Present
DirectionLeft to Right

The Inuktitut script is a syllabic writing system used primarily in the Canadian terrority of Nunavut and the northern part of Quebec called Nunavik by speakers of Inuktitut, a dialect of the Inuit language. It is based on Cree syllabics, and shares the same fundamental characteristics that geometric shape of the sign denotes the syllable's consonant and the orientation of the sign represents the vowel.

The following is the Inuktitut syllabics. Unlike Cree, Inuktitut only has three vowels so only three orientations are employed, namely up-facing for /i/, right-facing for /u/, and left-facing for /a/. Like Cree, a dot placed above a sign represents a long vowel. And also like Cree, a small ad elevated version of the sign (like a superscript) represents just the consonant.

Inuktitut is spoken in large areas of northern Canadian provinces and has status as an official language in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. However, it is only written in Inuktitut syllabics in Nunavut and Nunavik, whereas a Latin-based orthography is used in Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Labrador. Its official status in Nunavut led to government publications, websites, and even road signs written in Inuktitut syllabics.

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