What is CCLAS?
The Chisasibi Child Language Acquisition Study (CCLAS) began in 2004, and is located in the (North East) Cree-speaking community of Chisasibi, Quebec. CCLAS is a "naturalistic" study which documents the linguistic stages children pass through as they learn to speak Cree as their first language. A "language acquisition study", CCLAS documents the linguistic journey children embark on in their language-learning years. Many of the world's languages are the focus of acquisition studies.
Our first acknowledgement goes to the families who volunteered to participate in this study. The project would not have been possible without their (continuing) generosity, patience and understanding. They put up with the inconvenience of filming in order to contribute to the support of their language, a fact we always bear in mind as we proceed with our work. Thus, we extend our biggest thanks to the children of CCLAS and to their families. We also thank the various Cree community organizations that have supported CCLAS over the years. Special thanks to the Cree School Board for their hospitailty in Chisasibi. For primary funding, CCLAS gratefully acknowledges the Social Sciences and Humanities Council for Canada (SSHRC):
- 2004-08: SSHRC Standard Research Grant 410-2004-1836
- 2008-12: SSHRC Standard Research Grant 410-2008-0378
- 2013-2018: SSHRC Insight Grant 435-2013-1297
The core CCLAS research team consists of Julie Brittain (Project Director), Carrie Dyck, Yvan Rose and Marguerite MacKenzie (Memorial University). In 2013, we are pleased to welcome to our research group Shanley Allen (University of Kaiserslautern), Phil Branigan (Memorial University) and Marit Westergaard (University of Tromsø).
Our work would not be possible without the assistance of many people, first and foremost the Cree language experts, and our talented graduate students, and undergraduate students. More information about graduate student participation in CCLAS is posted at people/graduate_students.
CCLAS is seeking applicants for a two-year MA (with thesis) degree, to be undertaken within the context of the project: