dr. caforbes

About me (Clarissa) :)
forbesc (at) alumni (dot) ubc.ca

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I am an independent researcher in the area of linguistics and language technology, specializing in Indigenous languages and low-resource contexts. My skills and experience include natural language data analysis, backend engineering (Python, Ruby), and technical, analytical, and educational writing.

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Currently, I work as the technology coordinator for the First Peoples’ Cultural Council of British Columbia, organizing and supporting the ongoing development of FirstVoices (a language platform and archive for BC Indigenous communities). In addition to project and user support, I get to apply my skills in data analysis and engineering to customize FPCC’s language applications for 90+ unique language varieties!

My linguistic research is in formal morphosyntax and field linguistic research on Indigenous languages of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, specializing in Gitksan (Gitxsanimx̱) and the Tsimshianic languages. My syntactic work focuses on agreement, ergativity, and the features & internal structure of noun phrases. I am involved in ongoing development of text corpora (story collections) and grammatical resources for Gitksan, as well as the design of natural language processing workflows for low-resource languages.





I am from Edmonds (Suquamish, Stillaguamish, Snohomish), and now live in Tucson (Tohono O’odham, Pasca Yaqui). I have benefited immensely from my time living and working in Vancouver (Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Sto:lo) and Toronto (Huron-Wendat, Seneca, Mississaugas of the Credit).