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The Inuit language is called Inuktitut. Inuktitut has several dialects. A dialect is certain way of speaking a language. Since the Inuit occupy such a large territory, there are different dialects spoken in different areas.
The Inuit use a form of writing called syllabics. Inuktitut syllabics were developed by Christian missionaries. Where English and French use the letter alphabet, syllabics uses symbols to represent the syllables of words.