Inuinnaqtun and Romanized Inuktitut Added to Microsoft Translator

This addition is part of Nunavut Language Month for Inuktut

Inuinnaqtun and Romanized Inuktitut have been added to Microsoft’s translation services. Inuinnaqtun is based in western Nunavut, including Cambridge Bay. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Inuinnaqtun and Romanized Inuktitut have been added to Microsoft’s translation services as part of the Government of Nunavut’s annual celebration of Inuktut languages.

The territorial government celebrated the event, called Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq, during the month of February with videos and social media posts that celebrate Inuit culture and languages.

“Through our improved Inuktitut and the introduction of Inuktitut Roman spelling and Inuinnaqtun, we can help increase the visibility of the Inuktut language around the world,” says a Government of Nunavut press release. subject of translation services.

Inuinnaqtun will now be translatable through Microsoft translation apps, Office products, and its Internet browser, according to Microsoft’s own press release.

The Government of Nunavut and Microsoft have partnered on the project.

“It is an honor to continue to support the Government of Nunavut in this important work,” said Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada, in the territorial government’s press release.

According to the Kitikmeot Heritage Society, there are fewer than 600 Inuinnaqtun speakers worldwide. Having such a small number of speakers puts the language, widely spoken in western Nunavut, on the United Nations list of endangered languages.

Romanized Inuktitut, which takes the syllabic spelling of Inuktitut and translates it into Roman characters, was added after Inuktitut was integrated into Microsoft’s translation services last year.