Cree-Innu Linguistic AtlasPosted: May 6, 2012
Nicole Rosen at the University of Lethbridge is a co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Ressources en ligne pour langues vivantes project which extends the Cree-Innu Linguistic Atlas, co-created between Prof. Marie-Odile Junker, from Carleton University, Prof. Marguerite MacKenzie from Memorial University, the Department of Cree Programs of the Cree School Board in Quebec, the Gift of Language and Culture (Saskatchewan Cree), the Innu Education Authority in Labrador, and l’Institut culturel et éducatif montagnais in Quebec. Other current co-investigators include Rand Valentine (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Arok Wolvengrey (First Nations University).
The goal of the project is to co-create an on-line, multimedia linguistic atlas of a number of related Algonquian languages spoken across the continent: the Métis, Cree, Ojibwe and Innu dialects of Canada. The creation of the atlas allows us to offer many training opportunities for sound editing, multimedia programming and linguistic description to aboriginal students and to create contacts between the curriculum developers of the Western Cree dialects and those of the Eastern Cree and Innu dialects.
We investigate user-friendly and culturally appropriate computing interfaces and database structures. We encourage dialogue between Western and Eastern Cree and Innu educators who are developing their websites, sharing our Open Source programs, and providing linguistic and computer training and technical support.
This project is a fertile ground for knowledge transfer and mutual inspiration, with all parties working in a collaborative spirit. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that these beautiful languages and the cultures they embody will be heard and spoken by many more generations to come.