A mother tongue reclaimed

When Julie Sedivy was four, her Czech family emigrated to Canada. In this episode we hear how Julie became estranged from her native Czech, only to rediscover it after the death of her father. Julie Sedivy’s linguistic memoir is Memory Speaks: On Losing and Reclaiming Language and Self.

Photo (courtesy Julie Sedivy) shows Julie, center, and two siblings on their arrival at Montreal’s airport. Music in this episode by Gavin Luke, Arthur Benson, Esme Cruz, Aerian, Jon Bjork, Spectacles Wallet and Watch. Go here to read a transcript and see photos of Julie’s family in the Czech Republic.

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