Spring 2019 - LING 280 D100

Interdisciplinary Topics in Linguistics (3)

Indigenous Languages in Canada

Class Number: 3923

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    RCB 6136, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 18, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby



Introduces students to topics in which fundamental concepts of Linguistics are combined with concepts from other fields in order to answer applied or theoretical questions.


There are over 80 Indigenous languages in Canada, all of which are threatened by past, current, and ongoing colonialism. 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 to be covered included:

·            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  


  • Weekly Journals 30%
  • Assignments 30%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 20%


Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.
Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.
All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.
Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities (778-782-3112 or csdo@sfu.ca).



Select readings will be made available on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

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