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Meredith Tamminga

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Although born in Ontario, I grew up in Pennsylvania and am thrilled to have returned to Canada for university. This summer I'm working as a CLLRNet research assistant at the Language and Literacy Lab at Dalhousie. This is my exciting first foray into psychology--as well as to the lovely city of Halifax. Work in the lab focuses mainly on the role of morphological awareness in children's reading acquisition. During the school year I'm an undergrad at McGill, where my research interests tend towards the sociolinguistic. My honours thesis will be about variation and change in the isolated Scottish dialect heard in the Orkney Islands. I also have a secret soft spot for drawing syntax trees! When I graduate from McGill in May I hope to do some traveling and then go to grad school for linguistics. In the future, I'd like to pursue my budding interest in the implications of minority dialects for education and policy.

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The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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