May 29, 2019

Canadian Language Museum exhibit on lexicography in Indigenous communities

Under the continued steady direction of founder Elaine Gold (faculty), the Canadian Language Museum's new exhibit, 'Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages', will be on display for the first time at the 2019 annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, being held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from June 1 through 3. The exhibit will be free to view for all and is located in the Level 2 Foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

This exhibit highlights the complex relationship between Indigenous languages and dictionaries over several centuries, from word lists and dictionaries developed for exploration, colonization, conversion, and assimilation purposes, to online language materials being developed by Indigenous communities to transmit the elders' language knowledge to today's youth.

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