The Atlas allows you to hear how various phrases are spoken in many different Cree and Innu dialects from across Canada.
To hear a phrase, click on the markers e.g. on the map. Each marker indicates where the speaker is from, and should be representative of the language spoken in that area (see Legend). There are also two buttons in the bottom-right of the map that play the English and French versions of the phrase.
At any time, only one phrase is shown. To change the phrase, use the two boxes in the upper-right of the map. The top one allows you to change what category of phrases you wish you listen to (for a total of 21 conversations topics), while the bottom one allows you to select a particular phrase. Categories and phrases are arranged according to a language learning progression.
You can move around on the map and zoom in to particular regions using the map controls in the upper-left.
You can download soundfiles corresponding to the languages and dialects of your choice for different categories by clicking on the 'Download' button in the bottom menu bar.
This menu bar also allows you to access a French interface, to view the map legend, suggestions for classroom use, and credits, or to find out more about how this atlas was created.
The goal of the project is to co-create an on-line, multimedia linguistic atlas of Algonquian languages. The creation of this atlas allows us to offer many training opportunities for sound editing and linguistic description training to aboriginal students.
One of our goals is also to create contacts between curriculum developers, language specialists and lexicographers of Algonquian languages, with a focus on on-line language resources and dictionaries.
We investigate user-friendly and culturally appropriate computing interfaces and database structures. We encourage dialogue, share our Open Source programs, and provide linguistic and computer training and technical support.
This project is a fertile ground for knowledge transfer and mutual inspiration, with all parties working in a collaborative spirit. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that the beautiful Algonquian languages and the cultures they embody will be heard and spoken by many more generations to come.
Prof. Marie-Odile Junker
This project was co-created in 2005 by Prof. Junker, from Carleton University, Prof. MacKenzie from Memorial University, the Department of Cree Programs of the Cree School Board in Quebec, the Gift of Language and Culture (Saskatchewan Cree), the Innu Education Authority in Labrador, and l'Institut Tshakapesh (formerly Institut culturel et éducatif montagnais) in Quebec. The first phase (2005-2009) of the project was funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant #856-2004-1028.
The current phase (2010-2014), funded by SSHRC grant # 856-2009-0081 involves all original partners and co-creators, as well as new co-investigators: Prof. Arok Wolvengrey from First Nation University, Prof. Rand Valentine from University of Wisconsin & Lakehead University, and Prof. Nicole Rosen, University of Lethbridge. Additional partner organizations are: Le Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw, the Naskapi Development Corporation, and the Membertou First Nation (Mi'kmaw).
|Project Director:||Marie-Odile Junker, Carleton University (Canada): 2005-present|
|Co-directors:||Marguerite MacKenzie, Memorial University (Canada): 2005-present
Nicole Rosen, Lethbridge University (Canada): 2010-present
Randall Valentine, University of Wisconsin (USA) & Lakehead University (Canada): 2010-present
Arok Wolvengrey, First Nation University (Canada): 2010-present
|Technical director:||Delasie Torkornoo (2008-present)|
|Collaborators:||Bill Jancewicz (2006, 2012)
Jeff Muehlbauer (2009)
|Database entry, text and/or sound editing:||Candice Diamond (East Cree) (2002)
Laurel Anne Hasler (Innu, Labrador) (2006-present)
Connie Hill (East Cree) (2002)
Bill Jancewicz (Naskapi)(2006, 2012)
Marie-Odile Junker (all dialects) (2002-present)
Gabrielle Lacroix (Innu, Quebec)(2011)
Sheldon MacGregor (Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi) (2012)
Martha Michell (all dialects) (2005-2007)
Yvette Mollen (Innu, Quebec) (2011-2012)
Jeff Muehlbauer (Metis Cree) (2009)
Mimie Neacappo (all dialects) (2008-2009, 2011, 2013)
Gabe Olsen (Michif): 2011
Claire Owen (all dialects) (2012-present)
Nicole Rosen (Michif): (2011-2012)
Hélène St-Onge (Innu, Quebec) (2011-2013)
Rand Valentine (Ojibwe dialects): (2011-present)
Arok Wolvengrey (Western Cree dialects): (2012-present)
|Programming:||Delasie Torkornoo (2008-present)
Terry Stewart (2005-2011)
Radu Luchian : prototype in Flash version (2003)
|Web and Database Design:||Marie-Odile Junker (2005-present)
Delasie Torkornoo (2008-present)
Terry Stewart (2005-2011)
|Interface Design and Programming:||Delasie Torkornoo (2008-present)|
|Interface Graphics||Monique Caron (2009)|
|Funding||Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council of Canada, grants # 856-2004-1028 and # 856-2009-0081.
Canada Council of the Art (Killam research fellowship to Dr. Junker 2011-2013)
Partners organizations (see above)
|Plains Cree||Woodland Cree|
|Métis Cree/Michif||Oji Cree|
|Activity 1a - Sound Differences in Cree-Innu (Proto-Algonquian “l”)|
|Activity 1b - Sound Differences in Cree-Innu (Proto-Algonquian “l”)|
|Activity 2 - Sound Differences in Cree-Innu (Palatalization)|
|Activity 3 - Sound Differences in the Innu Dialects (“sh” or “h”)|
|Activity 4 - Vowel Differences in Cree-Innu|
|Activity 4a - Vowel Differences in Plains Cree “Y” Dialects|
|Activity 5 - Word Differences in Cree-Innu: Negation|
|Activity 7 - Etymologies and sound differences in Michif: Days of the week|
|Activity 8 - Phrasal Differences in Cree-Innu|
|Activity 9 - Nouns in Prairies dialects: Michif|
|Plains Cree Conversation Manual|
|WoodLand Cree Conversation Manual|
|Swampy Cree Conversation Manual (forthcoming)|
|Naskapi Conversation Manual|
|East Cree Conversation Manual|
|Atikamekw Conversation Manual (forthcoming)|
|Moose Cree Conversation Manual (forthcoming)|
|Innu Conversation Manual|