» Basic Locations: -mi, -mit, -mut, -kkut

The simplest way to deal with locations is through the use of 4 endings that are attached to people, places or things:

–mi at/in/on
–mit from
–mut to
–kkut through/by way of

Iglulingmit tikisaaqtugut.
We just arrived from Iglulik.

Qarmarmi qullit angijuuvaktuviniit.
In the qarmaq, there used to be large qullit.

Julaimi sikuiqsimaliqtillugu umiakkut nattirasugialauqtugut.
In July, when the ice had gone, we went seal hunting by boat.

Nattiqsimalluta sigjamut tulalauqtugut.
Having caught some seals, we went to shore.

–mi, –mit and –mut change to –ni, –nit and –nut when added to a dual or plural noun:

igluni at/in/on the buildings (also, houses; iglus)
iglunut to the buildings
iglunit from the buildings

The endings –ni, –nut, and –nit are added to the singular form of the noun root to make them plural.

tupiq tupirni in the tents
umiaq umiarnut to the boats
inuk inungnit from the people

These endings can be added to place names:

Mittimatalingmut aullalaaqtut.
They will travel to Pond Inlet.

Arvianuaqtugut Kangiqłinikkut.
We went to Arviat via Rankin Inlet.


Some place names are in the plural and require plural endings:

Iqalungni qanniqtillugu tikilauqtuq.
It was snowing in Iqaluit when she arrived.

Sallirnit aullalauqtuq.
She travelled from Salliit (Coral Harbour).

Arvianut katimajaqtulauqtuq.
She went to Arviat for a meeting.

Qaukpat Kinngarnut niurrulaaqtuq.
Tomorrow she will be going to visit Cape Dorset

These endings can also be used with people:

Niqłiuqtiup ainiaqtanga niqi ilingnit.
The cook will pick up the meat from you.

Ippaksaq uvannut uqallalauqtuq.
He spoke to me yesterday.

There are questions that correspond with these endings:

nani? where?
namut? to where?
nakit? from where
naukkut? through where?/by what means?