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Algic Languages Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-06-20, 6:18

This thread is for a study group involving any of the Algic languages. I decided to make this a family-wide study group because I'm learning both Lnuismk/Micmac and Michif myself. Michif is technically a mixed language, not Algic itself, but the new vocabulary in it for me is overwhelmingly of Cree origin, so it's helping me make inroads into Cree (which is Algic!).

Anyway, anyone who wants to learn an Algic language is welcome here, and all the better if you're interested in learning some Lnuismk and/or Michif with me! Please note that I am not using a textbook for either language but am using or have used online lessons for both.

For Lnuismk, this initially consisted of these lessons...okay, those are lessons. :P But they're already available for free online! Now that I've gone through all of them (and keep trying to review the vocab), I've moved on to using some YouTube videos, a wiki for the language, and generally whatever else I can find. For Michif, I'm mainly using learnmichif.com.

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby Lur » 2018-07-08, 15:11

Did you make a group in the end? I think I'm interested in this, mostly Cree and Ojibwe I guess.

(I've also looked up a bit of Iroquoian and Siuan because even though I've been aware of Na-Dene and Algic for years everything else was a mystery to me)
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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-07-08, 15:13

YAY, someone's interested! :whoo: Yeah, you're the first person to actually express much interest. :lol: I mean, I'm sure księżycowy would be interested in doing an Algic language or two eventually, but I don't think it's high on his list of priority languages atm. :P

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby Lur » 2018-07-08, 16:11

I'm supposed to be doing Finnish :para: (What is with me and languages from cold areas?)
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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby Lur » 2018-07-11, 12:09

Now that I think about it, Mikmaq would be nice too. I have a teaching grammar pdf that ended up on my hard drive somehow through hoarding stuff over time.
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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby księżycowy » 2018-07-11, 14:50

I have the same text. I have been tempted to join in, I'd be interested in learning some Mikmaq myself.

Maybe in a few months.

And just to warn you ahead of time, the spelling system used in the teaching grammar is a bit different than the current system.

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby Lur » 2018-07-11, 18:50

I actually made a list that included all of Cree, all of Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Mikmaq and Arapaho, and I'm probably preferring Cree, although for no particular reason, and the dialectal variation is confusing to me

(I didn't say anything in the Iroquoian group because I don't have a clue about those :para: )
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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby księżycowy » 2018-07-11, 19:24

Lur wrote:I actually made a list that included all of Cree, all of Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Mikmaq and Arapaho, and I'm probably preferring Cree, although for no particular reason, and the dialectal variation is confusing to me

Cree is a cool option for sure. And there are some pretty good resources for it too.

(I didn't say anything in the Iroquoian group because I don't have a clue about those :para: )

Are you interested in joining in? :o

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby Lur » 2018-07-11, 20:46

What? Defecting to the enemy? :lol:

Actually I probably would but I lack motivation/context about those and I get anxiety about wanting to do too many things
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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby księżycowy » 2018-07-11, 21:48

I'd love to have another person join in for Iroquoian. :D

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby Lur » 2018-07-12, 10:56

In that case Mohawk would be nice.

It's the language around Montreal, right? (I am VERY confused about North American geography, I find myself reading references to places all of the time that I can't locate in relation to each other :oops: )
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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby księżycowy » 2018-07-12, 15:35

Before colonization it was spoken around the Hudson River in New York State. After colonization, it's mostly in Ontario and New York state, but yes I think there are a few Mohawk tribes in Quebec.

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-07-12, 23:59

Omg both of you are talking about either languages I'm doing or ones that are very closely connected in some way to the ones I'm doing! :D

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby Lur » 2018-07-13, 9:54

Well, in the end those are areas that I would really like to visit somehow, although I can't see that happening very easily
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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-07-13, 12:38

If you ever do visit, maybe we should do a North American UniLang meetup! :mrgreen:

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby księżycowy » 2018-07-13, 12:52

So, are we starting a Mohawk study group (using the Iroquoian study thread), or not? :P

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-07-15, 7:47

I'm inclined to just stick with Seneca tbh. :para:

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby Lur » 2018-07-15, 9:27

If they're like Algonquian languages I'll probably like them.

I wonder which of Eastern Algonquian has the most resources in general.
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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby księżycowy » 2018-07-15, 10:17

vijayjohn wrote:I'm inclined to just stick with Seneca tbh. :para:

Me too, but Lur said something about Mohawk.

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Re: Algic Languages Study Group

Postby Lur » 2018-07-15, 13:23

Because you said it had more resources! You guys can do something else, I don't mind, do what your guts say you wanna do, I say
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