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"The Fast Runner" and Inuktitut

From:Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>
Date:Monday, March 10, 2003, 2:01
        I watched "The Fast Runner" Friday night and thought that others might be
interested in it. It's a film written, directed, and acted by Inuit,
completely in Inuktitut. (It's also three hours long and not for the
attention-span impaired.) I think what I really liked about it was the
detailed look at the Inuit culture. If you watch the movie, I would suggest
that you watch the first thirty minutes again, after you finish the movie,
just so that you have a better idea what happened. The movie unceremoniously
dumps you into Inuit culture, and there's very little exposition about what's
going on and who is who.
        Does anyone have some sources on Inuktitut? I'm not really into polysynthetic
languages, but after hearing it so much, my curiosity was piqued. I found a
couple of web sites with the phonology and basic words, but little about the
grammar. Although this demonstration was interesting:

qaivuq he comes
qai-saali-vuq come-soon-he
qai-saali-niar-tuq come-soon-will-he
qai-saali-nia-qquur-tuq come-soon-will-probably-he
qai-saali-nia-qquu-nngit-tuq come-soon-will-probably-not-he
qai-saali-nia-qquu-nngi-kkaluar-puq come-soon-will-probably-not-it is true-he

Oh what a tangled web they weave who try a new word to conceive!


Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>