Q+A: Carleton prof on winning GG award

Carleton linguistics professor Marie-Odile Junker was honoured with the Governor General’s Innovation Award on May 24 in recognition of her work in preserving Algonquian languages and developing linguistic resources for communities across Canada. The Charlatan interviewed Junker on her award, the appeal of Algonquian languages, and her current projects in development. The Charlatan (TC): What does it mean for you to have your work recognized among 130 candidates for the Governor General’s Innovation Award? Marie-Odile Junker (MOJ): It was a great surprise! I hope that it’s a sign that Canada is really engaged in reconciliation, and that the needs and contributions that Aboriginal peoples can give to our society are going to be recognized. For me as a linguist, I […]

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Universities promoting courses in lesser-known languages

As the world becomes increasingly more interconnected, learning a second language can seem practical for many looking to get ahead and take advantage of unique opportunities. While statistics from the British Council place Mandarin and Spanish as the most commonly spoken languages worldwide, many Canadian universities have taken to offering and promoting classes in an increasing number of lesser-known languages. The University of Toronto (U of T) began offering a course to students in January on the dead Ethiopian language of Ge’ez. The language course is the first step towards the university’s future Ethiopian studies program. According to the Varsity, the program has received over $100,000 in donations from community members to aid in its creation. Robert Holmstedt, professor of […]

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