Brendan G Fairbanks

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American Indian Studies
6 Scott Hall

72 Pleasant St SE

My interest in linguistics is sparked by the movement to preserve, document, and revitalize the Ojibwe language (an endangered language).  I use my research to fuel my curriculum in my teaching activities and to advanced our knowledge of the language in general.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Linguistics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1998.
  • M.A.: Linguistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2005.
  • Ph.D.: Linguistics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2009.


  • linguistics, language revitalization, documentation, immersion
Courses Taught
  • AMIN 1001 - American Indian Peoples in the United States
  • AMIN 3143 - Language in American Indian Culture and Society
  • ANTH 3143 - American Indian Languages and Cultures
  • OJIB 3104 - Intermediate Ojibwe II
  • OJIB 5109 - Advanced Ojibwe Language
Research & Professional Activities


  • Ojibwe Discourse Markers: Dissertation, April 2008 - August 2009
  • All about mii: Fairbanks, Brendan, Papers of the 39th Algonquian Conference, 2008. Download
  • Ojibwe Discourse Markers. Fairbanks, Brendan, Author, 2009. Download
  • Bush Fellowship, September 2004 - February 2006