Assistant Professor

Daisy Rosenblum (PhD University of California, Santa Barbara) focuses on the multi-modal documentation and description of indigenous languages of North America, with an emphasis on methods, partnerships, and products that contribute to community-based language revitalization. She currently works with speakers of Kʷak̓ʷala, a Wakashan language of British Columbia, to record narrative, conversation, and other types of spontaneous speech for today’s and tomorrow’s learners and teachers of the language. These recordings form an annotated corpus of spontaneous speech in two dialects, archived locally and at the Endangered Language Archive at SOAS. Practical research interests include documentation workflows, data management, archival best practices, digital repatriation, and the decolonization of linguistic research. Academic research interests include the grammar of space, argument structure, alignment, deixis, voice and valence, as well as mechanisms of contact, diffusion and change in the Pacific Northwest and Mesoamerican linguistic areas. Before becoming a linguist, Daisy taught art and designed curriculum in public elementary schools, museums and libraries in Brooklyn and Queens, was coordinator of Immigrant Artist Services at New York Foundation for the Arts, and worked as a shadow puppeteer.

FNEL 141 Introduction to a Wakashan Language I : Kwak̓wala (Northern Wakashan)

Emphasis on accurate pronunciation, conversation, basic grammatical structures, listening and literacy skills, and the study of oral traditions in their cultural context. No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. Not offered every year.

Term 1: 3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Time: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 11:00am – 12:00pm

FNEL 142 Introduction to a Wakashan Language II : Kwak̓wala (Northern Wakashan)

Continued focus on the diverse range of language learning skills that advance competency in conversational fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, oral traditions, literacy, grammatical understanding, and the cultural contextualization of language use.

Term 2: 3 credits
Prerequisite: FNEL 141 in the same language
Time: Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

NOTE: the location of this class is NOT on the UBC-Vancouver campus: classes will be held at the Native Education College (NEC): 285 E 5th Ave Vancouver. For more information please email Dr. Daisy Rosenblum at

FNEL 381 Biocultural Diversity: Language, Community, and Environment

Critical exploration of the links between linguistic, biological and cultural diversity; including connections with linguistic relativity, linguistic identity, language and place; and strategies for collective, interdisciplinary action to promote and support the protection of languages, cultures, and the environment.

Term 1: 3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Time: Monday & Wednesday, 2:00pm – 3:30pm