West Greenlandic: An Essential Grammar

  • Datum: –15.45
  • Plats: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/62324417792
  • Föreläsare: Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi
  • Arrangör: Finsk-ugriska seminariet
  • Kontaktperson: Rogier Blokland
  • Seminarium

In our next Finno-Ugric seminar Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi (Modern Languages/UU) will talk about writing a grammar of Greenlandic.

Zoom-länk: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/62324417792

"West Greenlandic (Kalaallisut) is an Eskimo-Aleut language with approximately 55,000 speakers in Greenland and Denmark. This presentation explores the new publication West Greenlandic: An Essential Grammar by Kahn and Valijärvi (Routledge, 2021). I will briefly discuss the sociolinguistic situation of West Greenlandic and then examine previous descriptions of the language (e.g., Fortescue 1984, Sadock 2003, Bjørnum 2012), comparing them to the approach we adopted in our grammar. I will detail the structure of our book, the intended audience, our glossing conventions, and the cultural and historical information that informed our study. I shall go on to outline the sources and tools we used, and our work with Greenlandic consultants in Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Copenhagen and London. Finally, I will share a selection of example sentences and tables from the book and address some of the challenges we overcame regarding grammar terminology, variation, and polysynthetic structure."


Bjørnum, Stig. 2012. Grønlandsk grammatik. 2nd edition. Nuuk: Forlaget Atuagkat. 

Fortescue, Michael. 1984. West Greenlandic. London: Croom Helm.

Sadock, Jerrold. 2003. A Grammar of Kalaallisut: West Greenlandic Inuttut. Munich: LINCOM.