Howard Treadwell-Smith at the SUNY Graduate Research Conference
Howard Treadwell-Smith will give an invited talk on the Algonquian Language Revitalization Project at the SUNY Graduate Research Conference. The title of his talk is "The Unkechaug Language Attitudinal Study: A Sociolinguistic Look at an Endangered Language Community".
Date: March 7, 2017
Location: Room 142, SUNY Empire State College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
The Unkechaug language has not been spoken fluently in over 200 years, because of this there have been significant efforts made by its community members to find a way to rectify this issue. Decimation of language and gradual cultural loss has provided the Unkechaug with a dire impetus to create strategies to stem the flow of a generational cultural wound. This talk will focus on the efforts that Unkechaug community members have taken in order to revitalize its linguistic heritage. We will also discuss the undertaking of an exploratory qualitative study taking measure of members of the Unkechaug Nation’s language attitude towards 1) the revitalization of its heritage language and its cultural significance, and 2) the potential of adoption of a more documented genetically related language (i.e. Western Abenaki, Mohegan, and Wampanoag) and its implications.