Internationalized learning at home: investigating African languages spoken in Toronto
Statistics Canada (2019) reports that the Black population is steadily growing in Canada. In Toronto, this population has doubled in the last 20 years. In this population, 56% are first-generation (born outside Canada) and 35% are second-generation (born in Canada but at least one parent was born abroad). Statistics Canada (2019) also reports that the number of immigrants from Africa has increased significantly, making up about 65% of the population of Black immigrants (as opposed to 27.3% of immigrants from the Caribbean and Bermuda). At the University of Toronto the population of undergraduate students from Africa corresponded (in 2017) to 2.6% (415 students) of the international student population (Liang 2017). The official records of the University of Toronto (Liang 2017) also report that Nigeria is the 9th most common country of origin for international students. In this project, our goal is to describe some semantic aspects of African languages while engaging the first- and second-generation communities of speakers of these languages. The goals of this project will advance the description of African languages spoken in Toronto and promote the visibility of these languages and communities of speakers on campus.
References Liang, Xuelun. 2017.Facts and Figures 2017, University of Toronto. Accessed on February 9, 2019// Statistics Canada. 2019. Diversity of the Black population in Canada: An overview. Accessed on February 9, 2019.