Inupiatun, Northwest Alaska


A language of United States

Alternate Names
Eskimo, Inupiatun, Northwest Alaska Inupiat, Seward Inupiaq

5,580 (2010 census), decreasing. All Inuit languages: 75,000 out of 91,000 in the ethnic group (1995 M. Krauss). Census lists this as Eskimo. Ethnic population: All Inupiatun: 13,500 (includes [esi]) (Golla 2007).


Alaska: Bering Strait, Kobuk and Noatak rivers, and Seward Peninsula.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Seward Inupiaq, King Island Inupiaq, Bering Strait Inupiaq, Qawiaraq, Diomede Inupiaq, Wales Inupiaq. A member of macrolanguage Inupiaq [ipk].

Language Use

Immersion schools. Most speakers 40 and older. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Dictionary. NT: 1997–2010.

Latin script [Latn].

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