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Self-governing Greenland and Kalaallisut – official language

Can symbolic changes lead to profound transformations? Some say a foot in the door is the way to go, and Greenland is having its say: from Sunday it has a new official language – Kalaallisut, a traditional Inuit dialect. Plus Greenlanders are now internationally recognised as different from Danes and Greenlandic government calls itself Naalakkersuisut.

Is the change necessary, some wonder. Is Greenland self-sufficient? It seems that there are some more urgent matters that Greenlanders need to address (unemployment, domestic violence, poor infrastructure or dealing with obvious icecap melting), so why should people care about language in such hard times?

Because some things remain as important as always: (national) pride, confidence, choosing your own destiny, self-determination and independence.

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June 23, 2009 - Posted by | language policy and planning

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