Tunumiit dialect

Tunumiit oraasiat or East Greenlandic (East Greenlandic: tunumiisut, Kalaallisut: tunumiusut; Danish: østgrønlandsk) is a variety of Greenlandic spoken in eastern Greenland by the Tunumiit. It is generally considered a divergent dialect of Greenlandic, but verges on being a distinct language.[2][3] The largest town where it is the primary language is Tasiilaq on Ammassalik Island, with the island's name being derived from the West Greenlandic name of the town.

East Greenlandic
Tunumiit oraasiat
Native toEast Greenland
Native speakers
(3,000–3,500 cited 1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
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Inuit dialects. Tunumiit is grey.
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East Greenlandic is classified as Definitely Endangered by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger


  1. ^ 3,000 in Greenland, and perhaps 20% more in Denmark. Greenlandic at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ Nicole Tersis, in Variations on polysynthesis: the Eskaleut languages Ch. 4
  3. ^ Mennecier, Philippe (1995). Le tunumiisut, dialecte inuit du Groenland oriental: description et analyse. Collection linguistique, 78 (in French). Société de linguistique de Paris, Peeters Publishers.