Inuktitut Language and Linguistics Workshop

30-31 May 2017
University of Toronto

The Inuktitut Language and Linguistics Workshop will take place at the University of Toronto on the occasion of Professor Alana Johns’ retirement from the Department of Linguistics. The workshop aims to promote dialogue between linguists and Inuit community based language specialists, with a special focus on promoting language capacity and linguistic insight through collaboration. 

On May 30 the workshop will feature: Invited talks and panels on Inuktitut language and linguistics by linguists and Inuit community based language specialists; A poster session on topics relating to the theme of the workshop as well as topics relating to Alana John's broader research program (e.g. ergativity, noun incorporation and language change); The Canadian Language Museum's exhibit Speaking the Inuit Way.

On May 31 the program will involve presentations and a panel discussion on oral assessment techniques in adult second-language teaching and a facilitated workshop on adapting assessment strategies to adult second-language teaching of Inuktitut. 
NB: Day two is intended for participants with an active interest in second-language teaching of Inuktitut. Interested participants are asked to contact the workshop organizers.<sbejar AT>


• Shanley Allen (University of Kaiserslautern)
• Julien Carrier (University of Toronto)
• Laura Colantoni (University of Toronto)
• Richard Compton (Université du Québec à Montréal)
• Zoe McKenzie (University of Toronto)
• Kumiko Murasugi (Carleton University)
• Signe Rix Berthelin (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
• Marina Sherkina Lieber (Carleton University)
• Bettina Spreng (University of Saskatchewan)
• Michelle Yuan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Panel discussions with Inuit community based language specialists

• Michael Cook (Staff, Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit)
• Joan Dicker (Inuktitut educator, Jens Haven Memorial School)
• Christine Nochasak (Inuktitut Program Specialist, Ilisautiliuvik Curriculum Centre)
• Jeela Palluq-Cloutier (Executive Director, Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit )
• Silpa Suarak Silpa Suarak (Language Program Coordinator, Dept. Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Nunatsiavut Government)
• Sarah Townley (former Director of Curriculum Centre, former head of LITP Adult language program)


• Shanley Allen (University of Kaiserslautern)
 Andrea Ceolin (University of Pennsylvania), Guido Cordoni (University of York), Cristina Guardiano (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Monica Alexandrina Irimia (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Shin-Sook Kim (University of York), Giuseppe Longobardi (University of York), Dimitris Michelioudakis (University of York), Nina Radkevich (University of York).
 Julie Doner (U of Toronto)
• Rosa Mantla (Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Board and University of Victoria), Mary Koyina Richardson(Aurora College), Leslie Saxon (University of Victoria)
• Kumiko Murasugi (Carleton University)
 Ilia Nicoll (University of Toronto)

Workshop on assessing oral proficiency in adult second language learning

• Michael Cook (Staff, Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit)
• Jeela Palluq-Cloutier (Executive Director, Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit)

• Abdel-Khalig Ali (University of Toronto)
• M. Cristina Cuervo (University of Toronto)
• Jeremy Green (Six Nations Polytechnic)