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by Jean L. Briggs, Alana Johns, and Conor Cook


ISBN 978-1-897568-32-3

Publish Date

August 2015


6" x 9"

# of Pages

738 pages

Print format

EPUB, Trade paperback


English & Inuktitut

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Dictionary of Utkuhiksalingmiut Inuktitut Postbase Suffixes

This staggering book was 50 years in the making. In 1963, Jean Briggs travelled alone to Chantrey Inlet to begin her anthropology fieldwork in the Utkuhiksalik region of the Northwest Territories (now Nunavut). She became the adopted daughter of a family in a small camp, and in order to communicate, she began writing down as many words as possible that she heard spoken around her. This simple necessity was the genesis of this book, which is both a unique language archive and Briggs’s expression of gratitude to the Utkuhiksalingmiut who assisted her five decades of work.
Co-authored by Alana Johns and Conor Cook, this highly detailed volume of Utkuhiksalingmiut post-base suffixes will astonish and instruct those with an interest in linguistics and Inuktitut.

“This is a welcome study, long overdue, of a dialect that has been much neglected by linguists to date. The scholarship in this analysis of the Utkuhiksalingmiut dialect is impeccable. Scholars and students alike will find the volume indispensable.” —Kenn Harper, author of Some Aspects of the Grammar of the Eskimo Dialects of Cumberland Peninsula and North Baffin Island and Suffixes of the Eskimo Dialects of Cumberland Peninsula and North Baffin Island

Read Toronto Star Interview with Jean Briggs

Read CBC Article on Jean Briggs’ Passing

Read Jean Briggs Obituary by Mini Adola Freeman

Read Globe and Mail Article – Briggs’ Books Became Classics


Jean Briggs is a retired professor from Memorial University and is the author of Never In Anger: Portrait of an Eskimo Family and Inuit Morality Play: The Emotional Education of a Three-Year-Old. The Encyclopedia of Anthropology describes her as “an eminent anthropologist of Inuit society.”

Alana Johns is a professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Linguistics. Her countless publications are dedicated to the theoretical analysis of Inuktitut and other languages.

Conor Cook is a linguist at Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit (Inuit Language Authority) in Iqaluit, which works to standardize Inuktitut to increase effective communication between Nunavummiut.