James Thompson

I’ve been engaged in the field of linguistics for the past 20 years, first as an undergraduate in my home state of New Jersey, and now as a consultant with First Nations communities in my adopted home province of BC.  It continues to be a joy and a challenge to use my skills and abilities in service of language revitalization.

I am also challenged and fulfilled more than I thought possible in raising my two boys, Otis and Wyatt, in lovely Victoria BC.

When I am not being dad or being a linguist, I spend time in my Shiatsu therapy practice, working on the house or the garden, or hunting and fishing with my in-laws. If I’m really lucky, I sometimes find time to read a book that has nothing to do with work.

3016 Quadra St
Victoria, BC V8T 4G3


  • Field Linguistics; Syntax; Morphology; Documentation; Revitalization
  • In order of familiarity: Halq’eméylem, Hul’q’umi’num’, Xai’xais, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Gitksan, Kwak’wala, Sguuxs


  • Kitasoo Xai’xais Band, fall 2018-ongoing
  • Klemtu Community School, Jan. 2019-ongoing
  • Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Education Department, 2015-2017


  • PhD, Linguistics, UBC 2012
  • BA, Philosophy and Linguistics, Rutgers University, 2003