|Levels Offered||1st Year
(2nd Year Ki-Swahili offered Fall/Winter 2012/2013)
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|Placement Test||Required for students with previous knowledge||More details|
|* Not all courses are offered every term, please check Carleton Central and/or the Public Class Schedule for course availability.|
Classes in LANG (Languages less commonly taught) are currently available in the following languages:
These courses are offered at the first year level: LANG 1010/1020 or occasionally as an intensive option at the first and second year level: LANG 1110/2110. * You can find out more about these courses on Carleton Central/Public Class Schedule under the heading “Language Studies.” Please note that course listings are subject to change and not all courses are offered in a given year. Subject code LANG was previously listed as ALSS.
- Dates Offered: * for dates and times check the Public Class Schedule under the subject heading “Language Studies.”
Why learn Inuktitut? Inuktitut is an important indigenous language within Canada, as Inuit continue to make strides in securing it as official within their homelands. Within Nunavut, for example its official status is at the federal level along with French and English – there are legal implications for this that are not so in other regions. Nunavut nonetheless is the largest Inuit region and comprises 20% of Canada’s landmass and 60% of its coastline. Whether your interest is personal, professional or scholarly, by studying Inuktitut you will definitely expand your way of thinking and understanding the North and the world in general.
About the Language
This course is taught in the Kivalliq (Rankin) dialect of Inuktitut but offers an appreciation for variations of Inuktitut across Canada. There are over 35,000 speakers of Inuit language in Canada, covering the entire northern coastline of this vast country (well over 70% of Canada’s total coastline!): Nunavut, Arctic Quebec (Nunavik), MacKenzie Delta (Inuvialuit), and Labrador (Nunatsiavut). 10% of Inuit from these regions now also live in cities and communities outside of Inuit Nunangat (Inuit homelands) to create a vibrant Inuit Diaspora in southern Canada – many with strong commitments to their language. There are a great many opportunities to practice Inuktitut in the Nation’s Capital where the most thriving Inuit community exists. The writing systems used are both syllabics (derived from Cree) and Roman orthography (in Western Nunavut, MacKenzie Delta, and Labrador). The Inuit Cultural Institute’s (ICI) phonetic writing system uses both syllabics and Roman orthography and both are used officially by the Nunavut government. ICI is taught in this course and variations are acknowledged so students are aware of them.
About the Instructor
Igah Muckpaloo (more information coming soon)Back to Top
- Dates Offered: Summer 2012 * for dates and times check the Public Class Schedule under the subject heading “Language Studies.”
About the Language
Ki-Swahili is one of a number of Bantu languages spoken in areas of East and Central Africa. The language is a national or official language of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo and an official working language of the African Union. While Ki-Swahili is African in origin, it has been influenced over centuries by contact with Arabic, Farsi, German, Portuguese, English, and French. Five to ten million people speak Ki-Swahili as their native language but many more – as many as 100 million – people speak it as a lingua franca. The 2006 Census reports 27,795 Ki-Swahili speakers living in Canada. Of this group, 2,025 (7%) live in Ottawa. If you have any further questions about the course(s), we invite you to contact the instructor for more information.
About the Instructor
Regina Fupi holds a BA (Hons.) in Language Studies and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has taught Swahili language both as a native and a foreign language. As a foreign language, she taught at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and at Stanford University in the United States.
About the Course
* Also, please be aware that list is currently under development with previews being added over time. If your course preview is not yet available, please check back later.Back to Top