UMass Sesquicentennial


391B Indigenous Languages of North America (3 units)

Spring 2011

Meetings

TuTh 1:00-2:15 - Hasbrouck Lab Add 113

Instructors

Margaret Speas []

Description

In 1492, there were at least 300 different languages, from 9 different language families, spoken north of Mexico. These languages have not all died out! About 150 of them are still spoken in the US and Canada. This course includes an introduction to each of the 9 language families, in-depth study of the unique grammatical properties of several languages in each family, and a look at the efforts of contemporary speakers to preserve, revitalize or restore their languages.