Many questions about language standardization


Inuktitut language week having just past, I want to comment about the proposal to standardize the Inuktitut language.

I have no concept whatsoever on why they want to standardize the Inuktitut language. I am more confused about it than ever before.  

Therefore, it raises these questions: Is the current system used by the status quo not working? Will I have to change my dialect so people in other regions can understand what I’m writing?

How would the standardization be implemented? Would we be required to change our ways of thinking in order to “fit in?”

Would all four regions, Inuvialuit, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut be able to understand one standardized version of Inuktitut?

I don’t think so. I work as an interpreter-translator and I would be reluctant to change my style and using my North Baffin dialect in order to accommodate the changes, if any.

I have heard that its focus is more on having one common writing system across the circumpolar world for political reasons.
Titus Arnakallak
Pond Inlet

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