Certificate in Language Documentation and Revitalization (CLaDR)

This CLaDR certificate provides students with targeted training in current best practices in the areas of language documentation and revitalization, with a focus on the Indigenous languages of the Americas. It is intended for undergraduate students majoring in Linguistics or a related field, who have an interest in linguistic diversity, social justice, and Indigenous and other minoritized populations around the world. Students will develop an understanding of the historical causes and on-going societal impacts of language loss, the complex factors involved in language maintenance, and effective methods for documenting endangered languages and reversing language shift. The certificate requires ★27 in coursework, including a practicum course, and will prepare students for work with Indigenous communities and organizations on language documentation and revitalization projects, as well as advanced work in linguistics at the graduate level.

To be awarded the certificate students must apply through Undergraduate Student Services in the Faculty of Arts by the application deadline for convocation (see Academic Schedule).

Certificate Requirements

Students may pursue this certificate by fulfilling existing requirements in their respective disciplines, by completing ★27:

21 required courses

  • LING 101 - Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
  • LING 204 - Syntax of the World's Languages
  • LING 205 - Phonetics
  • LING 224 - Endangered Languages
  • LING 361 - Language Revitalization
  • LING 362 - Language Documentation
  • LING 460 - Practicum in Language Documentation and Revitalization

★3 selected from

  • LING 360 - Indigenous Languages of the Americas
  • LING 363 - Lexicography

★3 selected from

  • Any 300- or 400- level LING
  • ANTHR 301 - Introduction to Ethnographic Methods
  • NS 152 - Introductory Cree
  • NS 355 - Indigenous Knowledge and Oral Traditions
  • NS 390 - Research Methods in Indigenous Studies