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Dr. Christine Schreyer

Interim Language Sciences Co-Director / Acting Academic Co-Director / Supporting Community-Engaged Language Survivance co-lead / Associate Professor

Community, Culture & Global Studies

Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Research Themes: 

Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism

Christine Schreyer is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, where she teaches a range of courses in linguistic anthropology.

Her research focuses on language revitalization and documentation, in Canada and in Papua New Guinea, as well as the relationship between endangered language communities and created language communities.

She has conducted research with the Na’vi speech community (from the movie Avatar) and she is the creator of the Kryptonian language from Man of Steel (2013), the Eltarian language from Power Rangers (2017) and the Beama language from Alpha (2018). Recently, she was co-producer of the documentary film Kala Language Project: Kala Walo Nuã about her community-based work with Kala speakers.

She is also an executive producer for the documentary film Conlanging: The Art of Crafting Tongues (2017).