Mantla and Saxon colloquium Friday October 16

Rosa Mantla (Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency, Behchokǫ̀, NWT) and Leslie Saxon (University of Victoria) will present “Community and linguistics: What they mean to us” in the Linguistics colloquium series at 3:30 Friday October 16. An abstract follows. All are welcome!

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We have collaborated for over three decades in work supported by our organizations. For both of us our focus has included research, documentation, and promotion of the Tłı̨chǫ language, tied in in different ways with other responsibilities of our employment. After introducing ourselves, we will speak about how we have worked with each other on projects that are outside the specific expertise of one of us. Rosa’s role as Tłı̨chǫ language and culture consultant with the Education branch of the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency (TCSA), and Leslie’s as a linguistics professor at the University of Victoria (UVic) have shaped the content and approaches we have taken in our collaboration. We will take turns describing one or two of our projects and give our perspective on the importance of our collaboration to the project’s success. The other person will then reply on what the project meant to her. We hope to learn something about our collaborative process and share that with our audience.