6 Nami iqqanaijaqqit?

Dialogue: Where do you work?

Maika:
Nami iqqanaijaqqit Jaanii?ᓇᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑭᑦ, ᔮᓃ? Where do you work Jaani?
Jaani:
Nunavut Tunngavikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga. Ivvilli, nami iqqanaijaqqit Maikaa? ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑐᖓ. ᐃᕝᕕᓪᓕ, ᓇᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑭᑦ, ᒪᐃᑳ? I work at Nunavut Tunngavik. And where do you work Maika?
Maika:
Haammalakkunni iqqanaijaqtunga.ᕼᐋᒻᒪᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑐᖓ. I work at the Hamlet.
Jaani:
Kisulirijiuvilli taikani? ᑭᓱᓕᕆᔨᐅᕕᓪᓕ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ?What do you do there?
Maika:
Kiinnaujalirijiujunga. ᑮᓐᓇᐅᔭᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᖓ. I am a Finance Officer.
Jaani:
Asukuluk.ᐊᓱᑯᓗᒃ. oh, yeah?
Maika:
Ivvili, kisulirijiuvit Nunavut Tunngavikkunni?ᐃᕝᕕᓪᓕ, ᑭᓱᓕᕆᔨᐅᕕᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᓐᓂ? What do you do at Nunavut Tunngavik?
Jaani:
Atuagalirijiujunga.ᐊᑐᐊᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᖓ. I am a policy analyst
Maika:
Asukuluk.ᐊᓱᑯᓗᒃ. I see.

Vocabulary

Avatilirijikkut
Department of the Environment
Gavamalirijikkut
Departrment of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs
Haamalakkunnii iqqanaijaqqit?
Do you work at the hamlet?
Haamalakkut
hamlet (municipal government)
Ilinniaqtulirijikkut
Department of Education
Iliqqusilirijikkut
Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth
Inuit Qikiqtani Katujjiqatigiikkunginni iqqanaijaqtuq.
works at Qikiqtani Inuit Association (he...)
Inulirijituqakkut
Department if Indian and Northern Affairs
Iqqanaijaqtulirijikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga.
work at the Dept. of Human Resources (I...)
Kanatami Mirnguisirvilirijikkut
Parks Canada
Kiinaujalirijikkut
Department of Finance
Maligalirijikkut
Department of Justice
Nami iqqanaijaqpit?
Where do you work?
Pinnguaqtulirijikkut
Department of Recreation
Tunngavikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga.
work at Nunavut Tunngavik (I...)
asukuluk
oh yeah?; I see; that’s good to hear.
aulausirijikkut
power plant
iqqanaijaqtuq
works (he/she...)
kamaji
co-ordinator
kisulirijiuvit?
What do you do for a living?
nami?
where?
nukillausiriji
electrician
paliisikkut
police department
qattirijikkut
fire department

Grammar

names of organizations


Observe the following Inuktitut names of organizations:

Avatilirijikkut Dept of the Environment
Iliqqusilirijikkut Dept of Culture, Language, Elders & Youth
Inulirijituqakkut Department of Indian and Northern Affairs
Qattirijikkut Fire Department

Note that many of these names end with the affix –kkut. Among its various meanings –kkut is used to designate an organization.

Many names of organizations include the affix –liriji. It is used to talk about a particular thing that a person is involved with or working on. –liriji deletes any consonant that appears immediately before it.

kiinaujaq money
kiinaujaq + liriji = kiinaujaliriji person who deals with money
kiinaujaliriji + kkut = kiinaujalirijikkut an organization of people who deal with money (Dept. of Finance)
   
illu house
illulirijikkut Housing Corporation
-ni is an affix that is added to the end of a noun and is translated as “in” or “at” in English.

So, to the question:

Nami iqqanaijaqqit? Where do you work?

 

 

One could answer:

Kiinaujalirijikkunni iqqanaijaqtunga. I work at the Department of Finance.

 

Note that according to the rules of Inuktitut pronunciation, when the affix -ni is added to a root ending in t, the final t softens and becomes an n sound.