Spring 2023 - LING 280 D100

Linguistics in the Real World (3)

Indigenous Languages in Canada

Class Number: 2699

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.



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.


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 35%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • Group Activities 20%
  • No Final Exam



Select readings will be made available on Canvas.


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities.

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 Accessible Learning (778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca).

Registrar Notes:


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