U of L: New course: NAS3850 Indigenous Language Endangerment and Revitalization
The precarious state of most Canadian indigenous languages is one of the results of several centuries of colonial policy, in particular the Residential school system. The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada lists the preservation and revitalization of Aboriginal languages as one of the crucial steps in the reconciliation process in which all Canadians must now engage. This course will provide an overview of the state of indigenous languages in Canada and worldwide and investigate causes and effects of language loss in indigenous communities. We will then look at preservation, revitalization and documentation efforts and critically examine the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in these endeavours, including government, parents, elders, Aboriginal communities, tribal and non-tribal education authorities, indigenous organizations, local activists, teachers, publishers, and linguists. Finally we will examine (digital) resources for indigenous language revitalization. We will pay special attention to the Blackfoot language throughout the course. Students will have an opportunity to engage in research by contributing to the Blackfoot digital dictionary project, and we expect to have several guest speakers.
For more information contact the instructor: Inge Genee ([email protected])