Subject: Linguistics
Credit units: 3
College: Arts and Science
Department: Linguistics


This course provides an overview of the linguistic landscape of the Indigenous languages of Canada and North America. We will begin with the Indigenous perspectives of the origin, properties, and relations between languages and cultures and the properties of languages growing from the places of where they are spoken. We will then correspond this view with the Western linguistic perspective of language family trees and linguistic features commonly found in Indigenous languages of North America. We will address the process of child language acquisition, in particular the effects of interruptions through residential schools, forced assimilation, and foster care. A second major topic in this course will be the linguistic and cultural impact of education delivered through the lens of official bilingualism. The last major topic is the revitalization of Indigenous languages in Canada and worldwide. The methods, the approaches, and the success stories will provide a varied picture of the efforts by speakers, educators, and linguists to relieve and reverse the loss of languages and cultures.

Prerequisite(s): LING 111.3, LING 114.3, or 24 credit units of university courses.
Note: Students with credit for LING 342 may not receive credit for this course.

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