My Autumn 2021 drop-in office hours are being held on Zoom
For office hour meetings at other times, please use my online scheduler. Available meeting times will be updated weekly. You are welcome to sign-up for a meeting slot 24 hrs before a selected time. Meetings take place at my office hours Zoom link (above).
My pronouns are she/her/hers
The University of Montana acknowledges that we are in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people. We honor the path they have always shown us in caring for this place for the generations to come.
Professor, Linguistics Program, Department of Anthropology
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!
Dissertation: Aspectual Distinctions in Skwxwú7mesh
Courses I teach (fairly regularly)
Courses I teach/have taught (less regularly)
Other teaching activitites
Bar-el, Leora and Malin Petzell. To appear. (Im)perfectivity and actionality in East Ruvu Bantu. Language Typology and Universals 74(1). T. Crane, J. Nichols and B. Persohn (eds.).
Bar-el, Leora, Megan. Stark, and Samantha Prins. 2021. Resources for and about Indigenous Languages: Examining Online Collections. Sustaining Indigenous Languages: Connecting Communities, Teachers and Scholars. Lisa Crowshoe, Inge Genee, Mahaliah. Peddle, Joslin Smith and Conor Snoek (eds.). Northern Arizona University. p141-155.
Petzell, Malin, Leora Bar-el and Lotta Aunio (eds.). 2020. The Semantics of Verbal Morphology in Under-described Languages: A Special Issue of Studia Orientalia Electronica Volume 8(3)
Bar-el, Leora. 2018. Another Look at the Salish Stative prefix. In Wa7 xweysás i nqwal’utteniha i ucwalmícw: (He loves the people’s languages): Essays in Honor of Henry Davis. UBC Occasional Papers in Linguistics. Lisa Matthewson, Erin Guntly, Marianne Huijsmans and Michael Rochemont (eds.). Pp 583-596.
Bar-el, Leora. 2017. Fieldworkers and Sociolinguists: What we can learn from each other. Fleur de Ling: Tulane University Working Papers Volume 3 (MIT Working Papers in Linguistics). Lisa Sprowls, Craig Alcantara and Tosin Gbogi (eds.).
Bar-el, Leora, Felton Rosulek, Laura. and Lisa. Sprowls. 2017. Montana English and its Place in the West. Speech in the Western States Volume 2: The Mountain West. Valerie Fridland, Alicia Beckford Wassink, Tyler Kendall and Betsy Evans (eds.). Publication of the American Dialect Society Volume 102(1), Supplement to American Speech Volume 92. Pp 107-138.
Bar-el, Leora. 2015. Documenting and classifying aspectual classes across languages. In Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork. Lisa Matthewson and Ryan Bochnak (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press. pp 75-109.