Faculty Profile

Leora Bar-el

Leora Bar-el

Associate Professor

Email: leora.bar-el@umontana.edu
Office: Social Sciences 210
Office Hours:

Wednesdays 10am-12pm and by appointment


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

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


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