Achagat

Below is the alphabet you will be using to write in Iñupiat. The easiest way to type these letters is to use the Iñupiat keyboard from languagegeek.com. Click here to download and install it onto your computer.

Introduction

Iñupiat has 24 letters: 21 consonants and 3 vowels. This alphabet is called the achagat.

a, ch, g, ġ, h, i, k, l, ł, ḷ, ł̣, m, n, ñ, ŋ, p, q, r, s, sr, t, u, v, y

Check out this video for pronunciation assistance.

Not enough pronunciation assistance? Here’s another video!


Consonants

In the Iñupiat dictionaries and grammar book that are available to you the consonants have been organized into a consonant grid.

 LabialAlveolarPalatalRetroflexVelarUvularGlottal
Stopspt -----› chkq'
Voiceless
Fricatives
ł -----›ł̣s
sr
h
Voiced Fricativesvl -----›r
y
gġ
Nasalsmn-----›ñŋ

For an explanation on the consonant grid, check out the podcast below