Grammar » community names

There is a little trick in dealing with the names of communities, in that several are considered plural, instead of singular:

Singluar Plural
Sanikiluaq Iqaluit
Kimmirut Kinngait
Qamanittuaq Naujaat
Uqsuqtuuq Arviat
Qurluqtuq Salliit

 

This affects what affix we can use with them. For the singular place names, we use -mi, -mut, & -mit. For the plural place names we have to use -ni, -nut, & -nit.

Namiippit? Sanikiluarmi Iqalunni
Namuungaqqit? Ikpiarjummut Sallirnut
Nakingaaqqit? Uqsuqtuurmit Kinngarnit

 

The verbs-munngau- and -miit- also follows this pattern:

singularplural
UqsuqtuurmuuqtungaNaujaanuuqtunga
I am going to Gjoa Haven. I am going to Repulse Bay.
  
IqaluktuuttiarmiittuqKinngarniittuq
She is in Cambridge Bay.She is in Cape Dorset.

 

When using the plural endings (-ni, -nut, & -nit) remember to tack them on to the singular form of the noun:

Iqaluit iqaluk Iqalunni
fishes fish In Iqaluit
     
Salliit salliq Sallirni
flat islands
flat island
in Coral Harbour