Pedagogy Project Fellows

Current Pedagogy Project Fellows

Leora Bar-el

Leora Bar-el

Associate Professor

Office: Social Sciences 210
Office Hours:

Autumn 2018 Semester: Mondays 1:30pm-3pm, Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm, or by appointment


Courses I teach (fairly regularly)

  • LING 470: Linguistic Analysis (face-to-face, online, and blended)
  • LING 473/573: Language and Culture
  • LING 475/575: Linguistic Field Methods [Languages: Javanese (2017), Tajik (2015), Gã (2013), Georgian (2011), Blackfoot (2009)]
  • LING 484/584: North American Indigenous Languages and Linguistics
  • LING 570: Tense and Aspect Systems

Courses I teach/have taught (less regularly)

  • LING 270: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 491: Sociolinguistics
  • LING 570: Language Documentation, Preservation and Revitalization
  • LING 570: Number Systems Across Languages
  • LING 570: Events and States

Other teaching activitites

Personal Summary

I am an Associate 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 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 research interests include language documentation, and in particular, Indigenous Languages of North America (including the Salish language family and the Algonquian language family), issues in preservation and revitalization, data collection and research methodologies in linguistic fieldwork, dialect variation (especially Montana English), tense and aspect systems, number systems and much more! I am also interested in dispelling myths about language and promoting an appreciation of linguistic diversity - check out my TEDx talk on this topic!


  • PhD in Linguistics, University of British Columbia, 2005

Dissertation: Aspectual Distinctions in Skwxwú7mesh

  • MA in Linguistics, 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

Research Interests

  • Tense and aspect systems
  • Verbal number
  • Indigenous languages of North America
  • Salish languages
  • Algonquian languages
  • Fieldwork methodologies
  • Montana dialects of English


  • Helen and Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award, 2012

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