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Faculty Image Leora Bar-el
Office: Social Sciences 210
Phone: 406-243-2387


Office Hours:

Wednesdays 10am-12pm and by appointment

Research Interests:

Tense and aspect systems
Verbal number
Indigenous languages of North America
Salish languages
Algonquian languages
Semantic fieldwork methodologies
English dialectology
Montana dialects of English


Courses I teach (fairly regularly)

LING 470: Linguistic Analysis
LING 473/573: Language and Culture
LING 475/575: Linguistic Field Methods [Languages: Blackfoot (2009), Georgian (2011), Gã (2013)]
LING 484/584: North American Indigenous Languages and Linguistics
LING 570: Tense and Aspect Systems

Courses I have taught (less regularly)

LING 270: Introduction to Linguistics
LING 570: Language Documentation, Preservation and Revitalization
LING 570: Number Systems Across Languages

Other teaching

I have taught the course "Language Myths" for the MOLLI program


PhD, University of British Columbia, 2005
Dissertation: Aspectual Distinctions in Skwxwú7mesh

MA, University of British Columbia, 1998
Thesis: Verbal Plurality and Adverbial Quantification: A Case Study of Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Salish)

BA (Honors), University of Western Ontario, 1996

Certificate in Second Language Teaching, University of Western Ontario, 1996

Professional Experience:

2013-Present, Associate Professor, Linguistics Program, Department of Anthropology, The University of Montana

2007-2013, Assistant Professor, Linguistics Program, Department of Anthropology, The University of Montana

2005-2007, Post-Doctoral Teaching and Research Fellow, Endangered Languages Academic Program, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award, 2012