Aboriginal Languages Research Laboratory
When did the lab open?
It opened in August 2005.
Where is it located?
The lab is located at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in the Science Building, in room SN4044.
When is it open?
The Aboriginal Languages Research Laboratory is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
More information about the lab and the CURA project can be found on this website, or by calling (709) 737-3391.
Who uses the lab?
Undergraduate and graduate students in the Linguistics Department, professors, and other people interested in learning more about Aboriginal languages use this welcoming and comfortable space to do research and to access valuable resources.
What resources are available in the lab?
The Aboriginal Languages Research Lab has an extensive archive of books, cassettes, and digital recordings related to several Aboriginal languages, including Algonquian languages (Innu-aimun, Cree, Mi'kmaq, and Blackfoot), Inuktitut, and Mohawk.
The lab also holds academic and curriculum resources, including materials on Aboriginal education and literacy.
There is a digitizing workstation, provided by the Memorial University library, used for scanning related documents in order to safeguard and preserve them in digital format and, in some cases, render them accessible on the Internet.
The CURA Project
The language lab is also home to the CURA project, Knowledge and Human Resources for Innu Language Development.
The lab provides an invaluable space where collaborators on the CURA project meet to discuss the implementation of subprojects like the dictionary, the Innu lesson book and CD, workshops on literacy training, vocabulary development, and so on.
Other Linguistics Projects
The lab also provides workspace for students employed on other Aboriginal language projects, which currently include research into the acquisition of Northern East Cree as a first language: the SSHRC-funder Chisasibi Child Language Acquisition Study (CCLAS), http://arts-srv.arts.mun.ca/cclas/, and work on the Cayuga oral tradition: the SSHRC-funded project, Cayuga: Our Oral Legacy (COOL)