Kalaallisut love poem
Illit tarrat tarrarsuummi
Tassa uanga taallianni kusanarnerpaaq
Kisianni sukkasuumik tammappoq
Oqaasera kingulleq ”asavakkit”
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A poetic work and Kalaallisut
The Eskimo (eater of raw meat) it is the language of women. The Inuit (human) suits them better. A love poem, translated into a language of Arctic ice is in itself a poetic work. Who will succeed in reconciling these two words, for they become a poem understood by men.
Kalaallisut (Greenlandic, eskimo) is an official language in Greenland and about 50,000 people speak it. Greenlandic is a dialect of the inuit language, and is syntax is very different from our language, but more similar to that of Japanese, a completly unrelated language.
Since 1721, Greenland is a territory of Denmark. In 1979 it obtained autonomy over local governance, and Greenlandic was named the national language along with Danish. The majority of the speakers live in Greenland, although some can be found in Denmark.
There are 3 major dialects of Greenlandic: Polar Eskimo, spoken in the Thule region, East Greenlandic, spoken on the east coast, and West Greenlandic, spoken along the western coast. This last one, is the most widely spoken dialect in Greenland, and considered as the standard dialect, for administration, education, church, and media. According to Dorais, 1996, one can divide this west dialect, into 4 subdialects.
The Greenlandic spoken in the capital city, Nuuk, tends to contain more Danish loans, and syntactic features, than the language spoken in other settlements, due to a relatively significant Danish population, as well as to its concentration of administrative and political activities. The Central West Greenlandic subdialect, has long been the accepted spoken and written standard.