April 30, 2019 - Indigenous Language Revitalization: The Lunaapeew Project

Great Explorations: Indigenous Language Revitalization - The Lunaapeew Project


Abstract: How do you save and revitalize an undocumented language that is almost extinct? This talk explores challenges and new ways of documenting and revitalizing endangered languages, with a focus on the Lunaapeew language of Delaware First Nation. A work in progress.

Safieh Moghaddam (Assistant Professor, Centre for French and Linguistics), Juvenal Ndayiragije (Associate Professor, Centre for French and Linguistics), Brent Stonefish (Indigenous Consultant), and Bruce Stonefish (Indigenous Consultant)

Safieh Moghaddam (Ph.D. University of Toronto) is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Teaching Stream in the Centre for French and Linguistics, UTSC. She teaches several courses including Introduction to Linguistics, Syntax, English Grammar, Morphology, Sociolinguistics, Language Diversity and Language Universals. Her research mainly focuses on the syntax and morphology of endangered languages, teaching and learning strategies, online learning, hybrid learning, and the structure of online courses. She is a native speaker of Persian and has in-depth knowledge and expertise in several languages including French, Turkish, Arabic, Sorani Kurdish, Dari, Pashto, and Davani.

Juvénal Ndayiragije (Ph.D., UQAM, Montréal) is an Associate Professor of Linguistics. He teaches Syntax courses in the Centre for French & Linguistics, and the graduate programme of the French Department, University of Toronto. His research focuses on the role of functional categories in the syntax of natural languages and parametric variation. It involves extensive fieldwork on various non-related and less-studied languages including Creoles (Haiti), Fongbè (Bénin), Kirundi (Burundi), Kinyarwanda (Rwanda), Malagasy (Madagascar) and Mandarin/Cantonese. Endangered languages are his next project. If you speak one, talk to him.

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Talks and Q&A run from: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Location: The Catalyst Centre, EV151-152 in the Environmental Science & Chemistry (EV on map) Building, 1065 Military Trail.

Complimentary parking in Lots G and H will be provided - exit passes will be given out at the registration table, on the day of each event.  There are also 5 accessible parking spaces in Parking Lot L located on the west side of the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building (ESCB).  Refreshments will be served.  Please email the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean or call +1 (416) 287-7027 for more information.