Date: March 24 – April 3, 2014
Partner: Canadian Language Museum
Venue: Starting at Wilson Hall in New College – map
Project Members: Elaine Gold, Robyn Bosnyak, Kaetlen Bursey, and Katharine Snider McNair
Canada is not only the second largest country in the world, it is also the country with the largest number of native French speakers after France! From coast to coast, French plays an important role in the linguistic landscape of Canada, particularly in the East, perpetuating a language whose North American origins are nearly four centuries old. From Coast to Coast: French in Canada invites you to discover the dynamic history and different dialects of Canadian French that have shaped contemporary Francophone communities across the country.
Linguistic exercises and audio content complement this visual panel-based display in order to engage audiences with the various dialects found across Canada. Audiences can hear traditional songs and stories spoken by French Canadians from New Brunswick or Quebec. Recorded conversations from across Canada and the United States compliment the exhibit and are accessible via QR code technology.
The Canadian Language Museum was established in 2011 to promote an appreciation of all of the languages spoken in Canada and of their role in the development of this nation. The Canadian Language Museum encourages dialogue on language issues that are central to the future of Canadian society, such as bilingualism, multilingualism, and language endangerment, preservation and revitalization.
For further information about the exhibit and its locations: http://www.languagemuseum.ca/