University of Calgary

Raina Schnider

  • Master's Student
  • Graduate Assistant-Teaching

About me:

My interest in languages and multilingualism was spurred from a young age by my multicultural family. By chance, I was introduced to linguistics in my first semester at university, and as soon as the course began, I was hooked. In my linguistics studies, I have taken a specific interest in child language acquisition and the bilingual environment. My undergraduate honours thesis investigated acquisition in semantics and pragmatics. My goal with my master’s program is to investigate children’s acquisition in a multilingual environment, and to contribute to the cross-linguistic literature in this field. Further, I would like to investigate the qualitative effect of language support for families who want to encourage their children to learn their heritage languages. Ultimately, I want to use my research to engage with families through community and government agencies to provide necessary resources to support heritage language learning.

I have most recently been awarded the Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) for Master's, the Dahrlyne Hubert Languages bursary, the Jason Lang scholarship, and the PURE (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience) award. I hold a BA in Linguistics and a BA in Spanish language (both from the University of Calgary).


Currently Teaching

Current Studies

  • Master's Student
    Degree: Master of Arts
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