Course Feature

November 09, 2021

Linguistics in the Real World Spring 2022 explores indigenous languages

Undergraduate registration is now open for Spring 2022. Interested in learning about our Indigenous Languages? The topic for next semester's Linguistics 280 - Linguistics in the Real World will be Indigenous Languages in Canada with Dr. Heather Bliss.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is located on the unceded and traditional territories of the xwməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations.

There are over 80 Indigenous languages in Canada, all of which are threatened by past, current, and ongoing colonialism. Diverse perspectives and respectful approaches are needed in the field of language revitalization.

In this course, students will gain an awareness of the diversity of Indigenous languages in this country and will investigate examples of community-based language activism across Canada.

Topics Dr. Heather Bliss will cover include:

  • Grammatical patterns
  • Language, culture, and well-being
  • Language documentation and linguistic fieldwork
  • Language policy
  • Oral and written language
  • Language revitalization and education
  • Language and technology
  • Language and land

LING 280 Linguistics in the Real World, examines “real-world” issues from a linguistic perspective. Topics may range across a wide spectrum: in-depth analysis of specific languages, social issues (stereotypes, inequality), business matters (linguistics in advertising, legal language), the role of linguistics in the technology sector, as well as more general workplace applications for linguistics. As topics examined may vary by term, this course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Open to all students.

Spring registration is now underway.


Linguistics 280 - Linguistics in the Real World is a lower division topics course that covers a unique topic within the field each semester.

In Spring 2022, Linguistics 280 will focus on Indigenous Languages in Canada

No prerequisite is needed for this course and it is open to all interested students.