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I am passionate about language, in particular Indigenous language revitalization projects. I have extensive expertise in applied and theoretical linguistics, as well as Indigenous language documentation and revitalization.

I am am available to talk to about your language project.

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Projects

Past and current projects have been drawing on my linguistics training and highly flexible style in a variety of settings, both academic and non-academic.

First Nations Languages

I currently work for First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) as language coach, supporting First Nations Language teachers in their classrooms.  Support ranges from increasing the teachers’ own oral proficiency, to helping them increase their students’ language use in the classroom, to lesson and language planning.

My work is not just informed by working with BC First Nations on language documentation and revitalization, as well as language resource development, but also informed by my training in linguistic field work at the University of British Columbia.  I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Stó:lō Nation since 2017, doing transcription, analysis, developing language teaching materials & curriculum, as well as training community members in “user-friendly linguistics”.

Data Visualization

I have been an affiliated member of the Innovis Lab team at the University of Calgary, working on a data visualization project for Canadian Open Energy Data. Within the team I have used my linguistics expertise to advise on textual data.  I have also been involved in an interview project that aimed to get an understanding of the public’s information needs with respect to Open Energy Data.

Dyslexia

Living with three dyslexics (my husband and two of my three children) piqued an interest into the linguistic aspects in dyslexia research. I completed the intensive coursework for Orton-Gillingham tutors (via the Dyslexia Training Institute- DTI), and am creating educational materials about dyslexia through a linguist’s lens. I have been invited by DTI to present a webinar at their yearly online conference in 2019, introducing basic linguistics terminology and principles to teachers. I took an intensive seminar with Pete Bowers at Wordworks Kingston, to gain a deeper understanding of Structured Word Inquiry, a methodology that teaches spelling based on linguistics principles.

About

I was born in Bavaria, in  a little mountain town in the south of Germany. In my twenties I moved to Washington State, where I attended the University of Washington to complete a double BA in Spanish and Linguistics. I loved linguistics so much, I went on to graduate school at the University of British Columbia in BC to pursue that passion and get a PhD. I now work as linguist from my home in the Kootenay region in the interior of BC, where I am lucky enough to live, work and play on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Interior Salish and Ktunaxa peoples.

My work is informed by a keen interest in continued growth, learning, and getting out of my comfort zone.

When I am not digging deep into language research, you can find me on the mats practicing Aikido, rollerskating, or hanging out with my family. I love language, and love connecting with people!

 

 

Contact

Box 69

Slocan, BC, V0G 2C0

Canada

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