Today, Microsoft Translator adds Inuinnaqtun and Romanized Inuktitut text translation to its growing list of languages. You can now translate between Inuinnaqtun or Romanized Inuktitut and any of the 100 supported languages and dialects in Microsoft Translator, Office and Translator for Bing. Using Azure Cognitive Services Translator you can add Inuinnaqtun and Romanized Inuktitut text and document translation to your applications, websites, workflows and tools. You can also use Translator with cognitive services such as Word Where computer vision to add additional features such as text-to-speech and image translation into your apps.
Inuktitut is the main dialect of the Inuktut language; it is spoken by approximately 40,000 Inuit in Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland of northern Canada, and used by 70% of Nunavut residents. Inuinnaqtun, also a dialect of Inuktut, is on the UNESCO list of endangered languages. Inuinnaqtun is the first language of fewer than 600 people concentrated primarily in the communities of Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut.
We added Inuktitut using traditional syllabics to Microsoft Translator in January 2021. Over the past year, we’ve worked to update and significantly improve our Inuktitut translation models. By adding Inuinnaqtun and Romanized Inuktitut, we reinforce our commitment to breaking the language barrier. This includes working with language communities around the world to ensure endangered languages are preserved. Nearly 7,000 languages are spoken in the world today. Unfortunately, every two weeks a language dies along with its last speaker. It is expected that between 50% and 90% endangered languages will disappear by the next century. The Government of Nunavut, Canada has worked proactively with Microsoft Translator and community groups such as the Kitikmeot Heritage Society to ensure that Inuinnaqtun and Inuktitut are not included.
Indigenous languages are a fundamental and valuable part of Canadian culture and society, and there is an urgent need to preserve them.
– Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Here are some useful phrases in Inuinnaqtun and Inuktitut:
|How are you?||Qanuq ilvit?||Qanourli?|
|I just …||Ouvanga…||Nalauqsimavunga …|
|Nice to meet you!||Quviahukpiaqtutin katimaqatigigapkit!||Alianaigusukpunga takujunnarassi!|
To learn more about this announcement and the Inuinnaqtun and Inuktitut languages, please visit Microsoft Canada News Center.
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