RootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4188 posts, RR: 37 Posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3736 times:
I always thought Danish was spoken there!
However, to my surprise I saw many of the cities used to have Danish names. For example, the capital city Nuuk used to be called Gothab. Same happens with Sissimiut, Narsarsuaq and Mannitsoq...all had Danish names.
this leads to ask: What's the language spoken in that island that gave those awsome names to the cities ?
A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3688 times:
Some 80% of the island's population are Inuits but Danish is still very much a major language especially for official purposes. Over the recent years the status of the native language has been brought to a higher level that many placenames are now officially known in the native form, rather than the in the "colonial" Danish name.
This happens not only in Greenland but in Nunavut, a Canadian territory carved out from Northwest Territories in 1999. The principal city, now the capital, has always been known as Frobisher Bay but is now officially IQALUIT.
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3632 times:
It would look like Finnish if they did away with the ae hybrid and added umlauts to every other vowel. That actually does look like Inuit, though Nunavut's government website has two other native languages listed, one including a rather unique alphabet: http://www.gov.nu.ca/