Very broadly, my research interests focus on Indigenous language revitalization and how to best incorporate linguistic research tools toward serving that goal. Specifically, I focus on aspect and tense in Tlingit, and modality in Ktunaxa, two understudied languages of the Pacific Northwest. Originally from Juneau, Alaska (among other places), when Iʼm not doing fieldwork or writing papers, Iʼm beading, sewing, or dancing with Woosh.ji.een back home.


  • Masters of Arts in Linguistics
    University of British Columbia
    Supervisor: Rose-Marie Déchaine
    September 2015- Present
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts In Cursu Honorum: Alaska Native Languages & Studies
    Minor in Anthropology
    University of Alaska Southeast
    Supervisor: X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell
    Awarded May, 2015
  • Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics
    Attended 02/21/2012-07/01/2012
    International Exchange Student- Emphasis in Mandarin & Chinese Culture


Courses Currently Teaching

Posters & Presentations

  • 2016. Burge, Heather. Modality in Ktunaxa. Paper, Semantics of Under Represented Languages in the Americas SULA (9). Commentator: Adrian Brasoveanu. University of California, Santa Cruz May 6-8, 2016.
  • 2016/ 2017: Research Assistant with Lisa Matthewson & Hotze Rullmann in the Aspect and Tense in the Pacific lab.
  • 2016 December: Continued fieldwork on Tlingit with a focus on aspect.
  • 2016 Summer: Fieldwork on Tlingit. My focus was on data collection for aspect and tense with a more specific focus on future aspect.
  • 2015/2016: Fieldwork on Ktunaxa (a language isolate located in BC and parts of the US). My main focus was on modality.
  • 2015: Research Assistant with Pat Moore on the Kaska dictionary project. I helped input verb data into the T-Lex database.