I grew up in Mohkinsstsis (Calgary) and today I am proud and grateful to work and live in the unceded and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples. I am a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University

My research is centred around Indigenous language documentation, revitalization, and analysis, with a particular focus on the Blackfoot language spoken by the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani communities in Southern Alberta. 

In my previous role as a  Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria, I worked with Siksiká community members to develop an online digital archive of Blackfoot contemporary stories. This archive continues to grow and evolve. 

As part of the eNunciate Project in the Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, I am involved in a number of projects related to articulatory phonetics, ultrasound imaging technology, and their roles in pronunciation learning and learning, particularly in Indigenous language revitalization.


My research-related news may slow down for the remainder of 2018 as I engross myself in my new role as Lecturer at SFU. I am giving much of myself to my teaching right now, and I am enjoying the process of learning more about who I am as an educator, how best to share what I know about language and linguistics, and what my purpose and position is at SFU. Stay tuned for more.

I am excited to be presenting joint work with Martina Wiltschko on the discourse properties of Blackfoot's demonstratives at the 50th Algonquian Conference in October 2018.

Just published! Bliss 2018. Pseudo-incorporation in Blackfoot. International Journal of American Linguistics 84(4): 441-470.

Published in Summer 2018: Bliss, Abel, & Gick. Computer-Assisted Visual Articulation Feedback in L2 Pronunciation Instruction: A Review. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation 4(1): 129-153.  

Published in Summer 2018: Bliss, Bird, Cooper, Burton, & Gick. Seeing Speech: Ultrasound-based Multimedia Resources for Pronunciation Learning in Indigenous Languages. Language Documentation & Conservation 12: 315-338.

I recently presented joint work (with Martina Wiltschko) on Blackfoot's demonstratives at the Workshop on the Discourse Functions of Demonstratives at the University of Oslo in June. [Abstract] [Handout]

The Blackfoot Stories Archive continues to grow. Check back often for new stories and media.


Siksiká reserve (September 2014)

Department of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University
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8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A1S6

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