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Indigenous Languages

UBC Theses and Dissertations


The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia specializes in First Nations Languages of British Columbia. UBC theses and dissertations are available freely online through UBC's Open Collections.  Search by keyword, or scroll down the list of department to browse a list of theses and dissertations by students in the Linguistics department.



Language Revitalization


"The identities, lives and futures of Indigenous peoples have been immeasurably affected by the forced removal of their languages. The efforts they are making to bring the languages back to life can have a huge, positive impact on individuals, families and communities."

Dr. Onowa McIvor, Indigenous Languages in Canada.


Toolkits, handbooks and plans

Language nests are language immersion programs for pre-school children, where older language speakers participate in inter-generational transference of knowledge and language skills. They originated in New Zealand in the 1980s, and the phrase is a translation of the Māori phrase kōhanga reo.