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This chapter is devoted to Innu (aka Montagnais), a member of the Algonquian language family, spoken by roughly 13,000 people in eleven communities scattered over Northeastern Québec and Labrador in Canada. The language forms part of the Cree-Innu-Naskapi dialect continuum (Quebec and Labrador) with ties to the other Cree dialects spoken west of Québec, all the way to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.The chapter aims at providing a broad description of the main features of the language from a functional typological viewpoint with special emphasis on the aspects that are of interest to the study of polysynthesis (head-marking, word-formation processes including incorporation of nominals, identification of participants on the verb, and the referentiality of incorporated nominals).

Keywords: Innu, Montagnais, Algonquian, head marking, Cree, word-formation processes, incorporated nominals

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