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Serving up environmental studies (or history, or visual arts, or just about anything) with a side of language skills

Posted on July 12, 2021

How do you spice up language skills so that they’re appealing to non-language majors? In this post, university professor Lynne Bowker explains how she incorporated linguistic knowledge into a course on information and digital literacy and why language-related skills are staples of any academic diet.

Moving? Changes to Quebec co-ownership rules

Posted on June 28, 2021

Are you moving into a condo in La Belle Province? Do you find the lingo used in insurance policies confusing? Guest blogger Barbara McClintock is here to help you understand the ins and outs of condo insurance terminology in Quebec.

Innu: A rapidly transforming language

Posted on June 14, 2021

Various initiatives have ensured that the Innu language is alive, well and ever-changing! Jérémie Ambroise and Mélanie Guay explain how the phenomenon of relexification is breathing new life into the Innu language without jeopardizing the cultural heritage of the Innu people.

Why we spell the way we do: Part 2

Posted on May 31, 2021

English spelling wasn’t just shaped by other languages. There were also internal factors at play. Join Anne-Marie Tugwell as she travels back in time again to see how the Great Vowel Shift, the printing press and dictionary writers contributed to our current spelling system.

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