*Note: The blue question button in the top right corner provides brief, quick-reference instructions on the main features of the Atlas. Below you will find instructions in greater detail.

The Linguistic Atlas allows you to listen to various phrases across 21 topics of everyday conversation, spoken in many different Algonquian languages such as Cree, Innu, Ojibwe, etc.

To hear a phrase, click on the markers (e.g. ) on the map. Each marker indicates where the speaker is from, and should be representative of the language spoken in that area (see the Legend near the top right corner). The turtle button turtle button allows you to hear the recording at a slower speed. In addition, there are two buttons in the bottom right corner that play the English and French versions of the phrase. You can move around on the map and zoom in to particular regions using the map controls, also located in the bottom right corner.

Only one phrase is displayed at a time. To change the phrase, use the two drop-down menus near the top right corner labelled Choose a category and Choose a phrase, respectively. Categories and phrases are arranged according to a language learning progression.

In the bottom Menu bar, you can access additional Resources; discover more About the Atlas; view the Credits; explore suggested Classroom activities; and Download sound files corresponding to the language(s) of your choice for various categories. Here, some conversation manuals are also available for download for select languages; others may be in development for future publication.

List View: click this button (near the top right corner) to display a different layout, generally better suited to a smartphone or other mobile device. From there, use the blue settings button near the top right corner to select which language(s) you wish to display. In this mode, there is a bookmark icon allowing you to select and organize various phrases that you wish to store for review or practice. Bookmark settings are saved only to that particular device and browser; if you access the Atlas from another device or browser, it will not remember your previous bookmarks. *Note that the actual content (sound and text) is the same in both the map and list views

Dialectal Maps: click this button (near the top right corner) to display additional maps illustrating the geographical distribution of specific linguistic features. This tool allows for the exploration and/or study of dialectal relations, that is, similarities and differences across dialects (see Instructions and Disclaimer there for more details).