The Pandemic, Technology and Language Revitalization
Thursday, May 13, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hosted by Nicholas Welch, Canada Research Chair in Change, Adaptation and Revitalization of Aboriginal Languages, and the Nexus Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences Research at Memorial University.
Indigenous language community members and Memorial students, staff and faculty are invited to join an online workshop about the pandemic, technology, and language revitalization. The day-long workshop on May 13, 2021 will run from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm (Newfoundland Time) / 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Labrador.
- Lydia Tuglavina (Happy Valley-Goose Bay) and Alana Johns (University of Toronto) will speak about Inuttitut master-apprentice style learning with Zoom.
- Owennatekha Maracle (Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa), Chris Douglas (Pirurvik Centre, Iqaluit), Kyle Napier (Northwest Territory Métis Nation & University of Alberta), and Nick Welch (Memorial University) will be featured on a panel discussing how to use new learning technology in communities. Also contributing to this panel will be linguists Shay Hucklebridge and Luke West.
- Other speakers will include Ryan DeCaire (Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa & University of Toronto) on adult acquisition; Marie-Odile Junker and Cécile Planchon from Carleton University on remote documentation, and Jordan Lachler (University of Alberta) on telerevitalization. Also speaking will be Chris Harvey (Stockbridge-Munsee Community Linguist) and Claire Bowern (Yale University Historical Linguist).
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected life worldwide on an unprecedented scale. Endangered languages have been faced with additional threats as the disease has sickened elder fluent speakers, closed language classes, and disrupted everyday life in language communities.
At the same time, the rapid development and growth of remote working, teaching and learning technology has provided opportunities and tools that can be applied to revitalization efforts as the world emerges from the pandemic. This same remote technology can connect communities in new ways, allowing ideas and resources to be shared.
This workshop will be a unique opportunity to share such ideas and resources.
Registration is free! To register, visit: https://forms.gle/bhQZzmNi9Uc7cKTi9
Presented by Nicholas Welch