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Student Profile: Lauren Schneider
Linguistics doctoral student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University. I earned her MA in Linguistics in 2017 from Trinity Western University. Currently I work on the Hul'q'umi'num' Salish language. I consider it an honor and a privilege to work on one of the languages of the First Peoples of the land on which I was raised and now currently live and work.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I came to SFU because I wanted to get into linguistic research. Additionally, I was particularly interested in working with indigenous and understudied languages.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
As a linguist, I work alongside community members to document and analyze the Elders’ speech and legacy materials so that we can come to understand the structure of the language. One of my research objectives is the in-depth study of aspects of Hul’q’umi’num’ that differ significantly from those of English. By researching and analyzing these structures, I hope to both contribute to the field of linguistics but also generate resources that language learners can refer to.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I love the opportunities my program provides me to work with language communities. The work I get to do with endangered languages is very important. The Department of Linguistics is also very supportive!