Linguatheque – Newfoundland

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Location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, North America
Categories: Strategy, Master Plan, Public buildings, Urban Revitalization
Registration deadline: March 29, 2021, 11:29 PM
Submission deadline: March 30, 2021, 11:29 PM
1st Prize: 6.000 USD
Language: English
Organizers: UNI 


Summary: The challenge of this competition is to propose a language centre for the province that focuses on preserving and propagating the varied languages that existed historically and are now extinct or on the verge of getting extinct.

Description: Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province of Canada. It’s a former colony and then dominion of the United Kingdom. It finally joined Canada in 1949 as ‘Newfoundland and Labrador’.

The province is one of the earliest areas of the New World that was discovered by Europeans. Thus, it has seen European visitors to its shores for over 1000 years. These visitors included speakers fo Norse, Basque, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Irish Gaelic, and Scots Gaelic. However, today all except French and Scots Gaelic have disappeared completely.

The province has been a linguistically heterogeneous place that welcomed every language and people from all cultures. However, with the passage of time, this has slowly changed.

How can this Hub of Languages be preserved?

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