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Inuktitut is a member of the Eskimo-Aleut language family which is spoken across the entire northern span of North America, forming what is called a linguistic chain--each Inuktitut dialect is easily mutually intelligible with its neighbors, but not with dialects further away. For practical purposes, linguistic chains are treated as a single language, and so the Alaskan dialects Inupiaq and Inupiatun, the Eastern and Western Inuktitut languages of Canada, and Greenlandic are all classified together. The Cree word "Eskimo" is considered a little offensive by some Inuit today, but other Inuit people continue to refer to themselves as Eskimos.
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