Labrador Innu-aimun:
an introduction to the Sheshatshiu dialect

Sandra Clarke and Marguerite MacKenzie

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Department of Linguistics
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL, Canada

ISBN 0-88901-388-8

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Listen and read along to Lesson One

Lesson 01 PDF

This lesson provides an introduction to the pronunciation of Innu for speakers of English.

This dialect of Innu is spoken in the community of Sheshatshiu, Labrador. Also known as Montagnais, this variety of Innu is similar to the dialect spoken in Sept-Iles and Schefferville, Quebec (Uashunnu) and is also closely related to the varieties of the Quebec Lower North Shore, the Mashkuannu dialect spoken in Mingan, Natashquan, La Romaine and St. Augustin.

To a lesser extent, the Sheshatshiu dialect shares features with the only other variety of Innu spoken in Labrador, the Mushuau dialect, spoken in Natuashish, which from a linguistic perspective is best described as Eastern Naskapi.

Voices

  • Kanani Penashue (Innu)
  • Laurel Anne Hasler (English)

Last Updated: February 6, 2014

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