Susan J. Blake has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from UBC (2001) and has done fieldwork and research on a number of Central Coast Salishan languages — most notably Sliammon, Homalco, and Downriver Halkomelem (Musqueam dialect). Her dissertation research focused on the distribution of schwa in Sliammon and the morpho-phonological constraints that govern its occurrence. She has taught at the university level for over fifteen years in three closely related areas: Linguistics, First Nations Language Education, and English Language Studies. She spent five years overseas at Effat University, an innovative private women’s university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she served as Director of the Research and Consultancy Institute, and Chair of Saudi Heritage Research. Current research interests include the integration of research into undergraduate teaching and learning, language revitalization with a focus on minority languages and cultures, creativity as it relates to the human language faculty, and the study of cognitive metaphors.
WRDS 150 Research Area: Linguistic Landscapes
In this section of WRDS 150, students explore the types of questions pursued by language researchers in Anthropology, English, First Nations Studies, Linguistics and Psychology. Through readings, writing-intensive exercises, discussions and critical response, students have a framework in which to develop their own questions about language, and learn about the research and writing practices of language researchers across the disciplines. Students identify and discuss the formal properties of scholarly writing and further develop their own academic writing strategies while exploring issues related to global linguistic diversity and their own languages of heritage.