Fall 2020 - LING 280 D100

Interdisciplinary Topics in Linguistics (3)

Indigenous Languages in Canada

Class Number: 3553

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM



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. As topics examined may vary by term, this course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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 

Mode of instruction: Remote
Mode of delivery: Blended (Instruction take place through pre-recorded lectures and all materials available on Canvas, but there are also online meetings for which participation is recommended.)

Online interactions:     
  • Weekly course meetings à Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:00pm     
  • Weekly group activities à 30-45 minutes; recommended Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00    

Platform(s) used: Canvas, Zoom
Tech required: Computer with internet access, ideally with microphone and webcam 


  • Weekly Journals 30%
  • Group Projects 20%
  • Individual Assignments 35%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • No Final Exam


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 accessibility-related accommodations must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



No textbook. Select readings will be available through the SFU Library (online) or on Canvas

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).