Course Descriptions

Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

INLG: Indigenous Language

INLG 281 (3) Sounds of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization
Development of skills in the perception and transcription of speech sounds in endangered languages, focusing on the diversity within BC Indigenous languages. Capacity-building techniques for digital recording, editing, analysis, and archiving; guided by community-based ethical protocols and conservation/revitalization goals. Restricted to students in the Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency program. [3-0-0]
INLG 282 (3) Structures of Endangered Languages: Conservation and Revitalization
Documentation, transcription and analysis of grammatical structures in endangered languages, focusing on the diversity within BC Indigenous languages. Applied techniques in documentation, workflow and multi-media digital annotation, guided by community-based ethical protocols and conservation/revitalization goals. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INLG 281.
INLG 380 (3) Technologies for Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization
Digital tools for endangered language documentation, conservation, and revitalization. Overview of best practices, introduction to community engagement and capacity-building, protocols and ethics, project design, cultural context, orthographies, use of audio, video and still photography, data management, archiving and web publishing. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INLG 282.
INLG 382 (3) Lexicography for Endangered Languages
Foundational concepts in the discipline of compiling, editing, managing and hosting dictionaries, also known as lexicography. Special focus on the technical and ethical considerations for community-based lexicography projects for endangered and BC Indigenous languages. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: INLG 282.
INLG 480 (3) Living Languages: Critical Approaches to Endangered Languages
Study of language shift, including local and global factors affecting language loss, endangerment, retention, and revival. Practical strategies for sustaining and reviving languages, including language documentation and revitalization. Credit will only be granted for one of INGL 480 and ANTH 473.
Prerequisite: INLG 282.
INLG 481 (3) Heritage Resources in Endangered Language Revitalization
Examines the complementary and intersecting roles of libraries, archives, and museums in collections acquisition, development, curation, preservation, and access traditions pertaining to Indigenous languages; to explore how each can contribute to endangered language and cultural heritage sustainability. [3-0-0].
Prerequisite: INLG 282.

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