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Dr. Henry Davis



Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism

Dr. Davis’s research has focused on the critically endangered indigenous languages of BC, in particular, those of the Salish, Wakashan, and Tsimshianic families. Since 1992, he has been working since 1992 on the Northern Interior Salish language St’át’imcets (Lilllooet), in partnership with the Upper St’át’imcets Language, Culture and Education Society and collaboration with Lisa Matthewson. This work includes syntactic research on categories, configurationality, anaphora, ellipsis, and WH-questions, and semantic work on modality and quantification; a teaching grammar of the language; collaboration on a three-volume English-St’át’imcets dictionary; and both contemporary and historical textual materials. Dr. Davis has also worked directly or indirectly on a number of other Salish languages, including Northern Straits, Halkomelem, Shuswap, and Thompson; on the Wakashan languages Nuuchahnulth and Kwak’wala; and on the Interior Tsimshianic language Gitksan (Gitxsanmix).