Documentation and description of Inuit Sign Language
Inuit Sign Language
Summary of deposit
Inuit Sign Language (abbreviated to IUR) is the language used by deaf Inuit of Nunavut, Canada. It has probably evolved from hunting and gathering signs used in Inuit culture. Only 1/3 of the deaf Inuit community use the native sign language; the others use a form of Manually Coded English or American Sign Language. Three communities where deaf Inuit live are included in the documentation, namely Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake and Taloyoak. The video files in this collection contain stories of past and present life of deaf Inuit community members interviewed, as well as some elicitation tasks based on picture drawings and/or cartoon clips. The content of the collection is further described in attached documents and/or annotation files.
Deaf Inuit from Nunavut and their friends and families