rootsair
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What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 2:09 am

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 ?
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 2:14 am

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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 2:16 am

According to the CIA (cue obligatory "What does the CIA know" rant by Solnabo), the languages of Greenland are Greenlandic, which is an East Inuit dialect, Danish, and English.
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 2:32 am

I think the main language is Greenlandic, and then there is also Danish.

Here is a page in Greenlandic (kinda looks like Finnish):

http://www.knr.gl/saqqaa/
 
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 2:46 am

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.
 
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 3:51 am

Quoting British767 (Reply 3):
Here is a page in Greenlandic (kinda looks like Finnish):

I can't see the similarity with Finnish. I don't think I have seen any other language that looks like Greenlandic.
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 3:55 am

Quoting Matt27 (Reply 5):
Quoting British767 (Reply 3):
Here is a page in Greenlandic (kinda looks like Finnish):

I can't see the similarity with Finnish. I don't think I have seen any other language that looks like Greenlandic.

Well, the similarity I see is the long words, and it looks like the same style to me. Ah well.
 
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 4:05 am

pitsaanerusunngortinnissaat > seems to be a preposition
Killilersuinikkuunngitsoq sodavandisornikillisinnaavugut > possibly article and name
siunnersorneqarsinnaangaluarpoq > looks like an adverb

Likely a language perfectly adapted to the needs of a conversation during the long winter days....  Cool
 
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 4:45 am

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/
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rootsair
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 5:57 am

My favourtie Greenlandic city name WILL ALWAYS BE
NARSARSUAQ
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 8:22 am

Man, you should read that webpage when you are drunk Big grin


Seriously though, it resembles Siberian languages (Yakut (Saha) comes to mind).
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 8:32 am

Whoa! I think I'll move to Nunavut to work as a nurse! I'd make US$61000 a year.

http://www.gov.nu.ca/Nunavut/English...nts/HR/humanresources/health.shtml

Mark

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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 8:43 am

How do you say, "Close the friggin door", in Greenlandic?
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 8:43 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 11):
Whoa! I think I'll move to Nunavut to work as a nurse! I'd make US$61000 a year.

http://www.gov.nu.ca/Nunavut/English...nts/HR/humanresources/health.shtml

Mark

Why, that's about the going salary of a nurse(a RN). You could make that where you are at now.
 
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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 8:50 am

Quoting Pilotsmoe (Reply 13):
Why, that's about the going salary of a nurse(a RN).

I want to be able to say I lived somewhere where no American would ever want to go.  Wink

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RE: What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?

Sat May 14, 2005 8:55 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 14):
I want to be able to say I lived somewhere where no American would ever want to go.

I'll check the, Help Wanted, ads for Camden, NJ.
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