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Tunumiit language

East Greenlandic
Tunumiit oraasiat
Native to Greenland, Denmark
Ethnicity Tunumiit
Native speakers
3,000–3,500  (1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguist list
Inuit dialects. Tunumiit is grey.

Tunumiit oraasiat, known as Tunumiisut in Greenlandic and also as East Greenlandic in English, is a variety of Inuit spoken in eastern Greenland by the Tunumiit. It is generally considered a divergent dialect of Greenlandic, but verges on being a distinct language.[2]


  1. ^ 3,000 in Greenland, and perhaps 20% more in Denmark. Greenlandic reference at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ Nicole Tersis, in Variations on polysynthesis: the Eskaleut languages Ch. 4

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