Alaska Natives team with software maker in language project

 By KYLE HOPKINS
khopkins@adn.com

And now an Inupiaq language lesson.

Qaqasauraq. Noun. The modern Inupiaq term for a computer. Loosely translated, it means "little brain."

Ready to learn more? Fire up the qaqasauraq for the latest of three new computer programs designed to teach variations of the fading Alaska Native language.

The North Slope Borough and Rosetta Stone software company plan to unveil a program this spring specially designed to teach the North Slope Inupiaq dialect, using the photos and voices of Inupiaq people recorded in Barrow.

There are as few as 1,500 fluent speakers of Inupiaq in Alaska, estimates Fairbanks linguist Michael Krauss. Once, it was the primary language of the northern and northwest regions of the state.



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