Sandra-Lynn Leclaire Presents “Reclaiming Haudenosaunee Archival Language Sources” in Owén:na Tweathá:rakw

On Thursday August 5th at 2pm, Sandra-Lynn Leclaire will be presenting “Reclaiming Haudenosaunee Archival Language Sources” in the panel series, Owén:na Tweathá:rakw.

Owén:na Tweathá:rakw is a panel series co-organized by ISCEI and Ionkwahronkha’onhátie’ with the goal of furthering knowledge and awareness about tools for language learning, transmission, and documentation, and identifying topics and tools to help language learners gain knowledge and skills in areas of interest in their language-learning paths.

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An important aspect of language revitalization that is often overlooked is the use of primary sources due to a lack of collaborative efforts and sharing of knowledge between linguists, historians, archivists, and Indigenous communities. One goal of my research is to provide Haudenosaunee community members with information about what Haudenosaunee language archival sources exist and how they can gain access to them. A large focus of my work has been on the manuscripts that French Jesuit missionaries worked on in the 1600s and early 1700s. With their advanced linguistic knowledge, they created and compiled both dictionaries and grammatical sketches. The work of the Jesuits and other Europeans is often seen as controversial, but these language documents have played a formative role in language revitalization. Primary source dictionaries and grammatical sketches can help us to comprehend historical changes in both Kanien’keha history and the Kanien’keha language.

If you are a second language speaker of Kanien’keha and would like to attend this talk, please email vanessa.racine2@mcgill.ca for more information.

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