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Category Archives: Language

Sea-to-Sky Cultural Journey

“The highway signs look official and authentic and, as such, present the Skwxwū7mesh (Squamish) and/or Liĺwat7ul (Lilwat) languages on equal footing with English all along the route.” Inspired by Quentin Mackie’s recent blog post, rave reviews from friends of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and several recent drives to Whistler, I set out to explore […]

Tahltan Language Annotated Bibliography

John Alderete (SFU Linguistics) and I have published an annotated bibliography of Tahltan language materials in the open access Northwest Journal of Linguistics. Abstract: This bibliography lists and summarizes materials on the Tahltan language, including linguistic and anthropological research papers, dictionaries, collections of stories, and teaching materials. We hope that the bibliography will give language […]

Hockey Day in Canada To Broadcast Games in Several Languages

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada hosts “Hockey Day in Canada,” the annual tribute to the game of hockey tomorrow, February 9, 2008. As usual, all six Canadian NHL teams are in action but given the quirky schedule, some of the games involve American-based opponents. What really caught my attention is that the broadcast languages will […]

Secwepemc Stories on CBC Radio

‘Ideas’ on CBC Radio is featuring stories from the Secwepemc (formerly Shuswap; Interior Salish) on January 30. From their program guide: STORIES FROM THE KEKULI: LEGENDS OF THE SHUSWAP From the shores of Shuswap Lake in British Columbia come the foundation stories of the Secwepemc people: rich accounts of the magic in nature that teach […]

Moose and Elk, Linguistically Speaking

Language Hat has a fun and informative post on the shift in meaning of the word ‘elk’ as Europeans came to North America and found different species of large mammals. The comments are interesting too, including some discussion of the names of bears in Alaska. If nothing else, the post and comments are reminders of […]

Native Education and the Sapir Whorf Hypothesis

An editorial in the Weekend Vancouver Sun reviews the postive and negative spins put on the recent announcement from the Provincial Government granting control of native education to First Nations communities. Titled “Language and Culture: First Nations Education Can Embrace Two Worlds” the story notes that the First Nations Education Accord has been publicly lauded […]

Bella Coola Provoking Giggles in Torino

A cedar tree from Bella Coola, a town on the British Columbia Central Coast, is the centrepiece of the Canada Pavillion at the Torino Olympics.  According to the Vancouver Sun, however, Bella Coola sounds too much like the Italian for ‘nice bum’ and Canadian officials have stopped telling people where the tree comes from. Bill […]