Cybercartography, in particular its representation of multiple perspectives and user-centred collaborative approach, is an ideal platform for language mapping. ‘Multiple perspectives’ includes multiple user perspectives, data relations, data presentations, and media formats. The user-centred approach is particularly suited to mapping Indigenous languages, as it empowers individuals and communities to create their own maps. Language maps have traditionally focused on two types of information: the distribution of languages and language varieties within a specific geographic region, and variation in linguistic forms based on geographical factors. In this chapter, the definition of ‘language map’ is expanded from a representation of linguistic and geospatial information to a visualization tool for all types of linguistic information and relations. What all language maps have in common is the presence of three geographical concepts: place, way, and region (Couclelis, 1998).

Cybercartography, Dialects, Inuinnaqtun, Inuit, Inuit language, Inuktitut, Inuktut, Language atlas, Language map, Visualization
Modern Cartography Series
School of Linguistics and Language Studies

Murasugi, K. (2019). Linguistic Cybercartography: Expanding the boundaries of language maps. In Modern Cartography Series. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-64193-9.00022-1