The Kji-keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom (Mi’kmaq Language Lab) provides linguistic and anthropological research opportunities to for university students who are studying at Cape Breton University. The Mi’kmaq Language Lab does research on all aspects of the Mi’kmaq language. Most of the student researchers who work at the Mi’kmaq Language Lab are Mi’kmaq. Many of the student researchers are fluent or semi-speakers of the Mi’kmaq language and care passionately about their language and their culture.

Student Researcher Alumni

2015

Yvette Sylliboy, Eskasoni
BA Sociology CBU
Lab Manager (Fall 2015)
Yvette Sylliboy acted as manager of the Kji-keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom during the fall term of 2015 and was instrumental in helping students in the Mi’kmaq Lexicology Course (MIKM 3141) with their data collection.

Sherry Condo, Listuguj
BACS Mi’kmaq Studies
CBU Co-op Work Term student
Sherry Condo helped to organize a Pilot Mi’kmaq Language Nest in the Kji-keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom during the fall term of 2015.

2014

Sylvester, Sylliboy, Bernard

Left to right: Caroline Sylvester, Yvette Sylliboy, Jenna Bernard, Summer 2014

Yvette Sylliboy, Eskasoni
BA Sociology CBU
Project Manager and Researcher (Summer 2014)
Yvette Sylliboy was the project manager for the Naskwa’tatijik Kekina’matimkewei’l Project (NKP).

Jenna Bernard, We’kopekwitk (Millbrook)
BA Mi’kmaq Studies CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2014)
Jenna Bernard was a student researcher with the Naskwa’tatijik Kekina’matimkewei’l Project (NKP).

Caroline Sylvester, Membertou
Student Mi’kmaq Studies CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2014)
Caroline Sylvester was a student researcher with the Naskwa’tatijik Kekina’matimkewei’l Project (NKP).

Candice Sylliboy, Sipekne’katik (Indian Brook)
BA Mi’kmaq Studies CBU
Independent Studies Project with the Lab (Fall 2014)
Candice Sylliboy did interesting field work on the nature of animacy in the Mi’kmaq language.

2013

Julie Poulette, Eskasoni
RN St. Francis University
Volunteer (2013)
Julie Poulette volunteered with the L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom on the Mi’kmaw Pain Words Project.

Clarissa Claire Sylliboy, We’kopekwitk (Millbrook)
BA Psychology CBU
Research Assistant (Winter 2013)
Clarissa Sylliboy worked for the L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom on the Mi’kmaw Pain Words Project. Clarissa was successful in receiving two undergraduate research internships from the Aboriginal Atlantic Health Research Project (AAHRP).

2012

Suzanne Patles, Eskasoni
BA Mi’kmaq Studies CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2012)
Suzanne Patles worked for the L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom on the Mi’kmaw Language Environment Scan: Msit Kisitaqn L’nui’simkewe’l (MKL).

Clarissa Claire Sylliboy, We’kopekwitk (Millbrook)
BA Psychology CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2012)
Clarissa Sylliboy worked for the L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom on the Mi’kmaw Pain Words Project. Clarissa was successful in receiving two undergraduate research internships from the Aboriginal Atlantic Health Research Project (AAHRP).

2011

Nikhea Bernard, Eskasoni
BA Anthropology CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2011)
Nikhea worked on several of the L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom research projects:
Mi’kmaw Narrative Discourse Analysis and the Sma’knis – Mi’kmaw Veterans’ Immersion Readers Project. Nikhea was successful in receiving funding from the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL)

Clarissa Claire Sylliboy, We’kopekwitk (Millbrook)
BA Psychology CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2011)
Clarissa Sylliboy worked for the L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom on the Mi’kmaw Pain Words Project. Clarissa was successful in receiving two undergraduate research internships from the Aboriginal Atlantic Health Research Project (AAHRP).

2010

Joanne Johnson, Ithaca, New York
PhD student (Linguistics) Cornell University
Visiting Researcher (Summer 2010)
Joanne spent several weeks doing research in the L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom and in the Mi’kmaq Resource Centre of Cape Breton University’s Unama’ki College. Joanne was completing a linguistic doctorate dissertation on Mi’kmaw Semantics.

Sarah Courtney, Ithaca, New York
PhD student (Linguistics) Cornell University
Visiting Researcher (Summer 2010)
Sarah made two separate research trips to the Kji-keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom of Cape Breton University’s Unama’ki College. Sarah was completing a linguistic doctorate dissertation on Mi’kmaw Syntax and historical Algonquian Syntax.

Janet Standon

Janet Standon
Summer 2010

Janet Standon, ON
BA Student University of New Brunswick (UNB)
Summer Institute of Linguistic (SIL) Intern (Summer 2010)
Janet was a SIL intern who spent five weeks with us doing linguistic analysis of data for Mi’kmaq On-Line Talking Dictionary

Shannon Duross and Polly

Shannon Duross with her Seeing-Eye Dog, “Polly”
Summer 2010

Shannon Duross & her Service Dog Polly, Burlington, ON
BA Anthropology CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2010)
Shannon was funded by a grant from the Employability Association of Nova Scotia to do data analysis and data entry for the Mi’kmaw Word-Part Dictionary. Shannon went on to do an MA in Linguistics from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom (UK).

Nikhea Bernard, Eskasoni
BA Anthropology CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2010)
Nikhea was funded through Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK) by a HRCD grant to work on the Sma’knisk (Veterans) Mi’kmaq Immersion Readers.

Terry Bernard, Wagmatcook
BA Mi’kmaq Studies CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2010)
Terry Bernard was funded by a Summer Institute of Lingustics (SIL) grant to work on the Sma’knisk (Veterans) Mi’kmaq Immersion Readers.

Victoria Lewis, Eskasoni
BA Mi’kmaq Studies CBU
Research Assistant (Summer 2010) & Lab Co-coordinator (fall / winter 2010-2011)
Victoria was funded by a CBU-RP grant to work on the Mi’kmaw Word-Part Dictionary during the summer of 2010. During the fall/ winter of 2010-2011 Victoria’s position as full-time Lab Coordinator was funded by the Mi’kmaq Employment Training Secretariat (METS) of Eskasoni.

2009

Chris Gouthro, North Sydney, NS
BA Linguistics St. Mary’s University
Research Assistant (Fall 2009)
In the fall of 2009 the lab was just an empty space with some equipment sitting in boxes. Chris, who was funded under a Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) work placement was essential in helping with all of the details which had to be done from phone hook-ups to computer lines. Once Chris had the equipment setup and working he helped to program Shoe-Box for the Mi’kmaw Word-Part Dictionary.