Leora Bar-el

Leora Bar-el

Position
Core Faculty/Staff
http://hs.umt.edu/anthropology/
Professor, University of Montana, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Linguistics, indigenous languages, Salish languages, endangered languages, language revitalization, semantics, research methodologies
Biography

I am a Professor in the Linguistics Program which is housed in the Department of Anthropology. My research interests lie in a variety of areas of linguistics, and I have done research in phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. My doctoral dissertation, based on original fieldwork, focused on the aspectual system of Skwxwú7mesh (a.k.a. Squamish), a Central Salish language spoken in British Columbia, Canada (and related to the Salish language spoken here in Montana). My interests include language description, and analysis (in particular, Indigenous languages of North America and (more recently) Bantu languages of East Africa), issues in language documentation and revitalization, data collection and research methodologies in linguistic fieldwork, dialect variation (especially Montana English), tense and aspect systems, among others. I have experience conducting fieldwork with speakers of Salish languages, Algonquian languages, and East Ruvu Bantu languages of Tanzania. I am interested in dispelling myths about language and promoting an appreciation of linguistic diversity - check out my TEDx talk on this topic!

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere
Organizations