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ILF-110 Indigenous Language Revitalization and Technology

3 credits


Students will develop reading, writing, and editing abilities using the official Indigenous language orthography (where one exists). They will study a variety of technological resources that are advantageous to language learning and community language-revitalization efforts. This hands-on course is intended to foster students' abilities to access and create written and online resources to support their language acquisition outside of class and within community. The units cover an introduction to the orthography (or preferred writing system of the community where an orthography doesn't exist), history of the development of the orthography, advantages of establishing an orthography, the sounds of the language, introduction to transcription and transliteration, and grammatical structures. Instruction will include downloading fonts, familiarity with websites, on-line or text based dialogues, language applications, and accessing online sources advantageous for language learning. Field topics will include elicitation do's and don'ts, interviews, language-data recording, collecting and storing methods, digital file management, and sharing information. Strategies for community involvement, project planning, protocol, and ethical treatment of intellectual property will be applied in course projects.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 060, ENG 096, ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English assessment; or Admission into the Indigenous Language Fluency Certificate Program.

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