Richard Compton

Professor, Department of Linguistics, UQAM

Inuktitut et Inuinnaqtun
Faire de la recherche sur les langues autochtones
Syntaxe et Morphologie
Examiner la structure des langues humaines
Travail de terrain
Effectuer du travail de terrain dans l'Arctique

Inuktitut

Papers

Courses

About me

I’m a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). My areas of interests include syntax and morphology, as well language documentation and revitalization. My research bears on the the nature of polysynthesis in the Inuit language, particularly in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun dialect areas, and includes the study of lexical and functional categories, noun incorporation, verbal agreement, and the linearization and formation of words. Some of my research questions include:

  • Are lexical categories universal?
  • What is the internal structure of complex word in the Inuit language?
  • How can we define the notion of ‘word’ cross-linguistically?

Graudate Supervision

If you are considering pursuing an MA or a PhD in Linguistics with a focus in syntax or morphology, or if you are interested in a project on Inuktitut or another Inuit dialect, feel free to contact me.

Looking for Inuktitut speakers

If you’re a native speaker of Inuktitut or another Inuit dialect living in Montreal and would like to participate in research on your language, I invite you to contact me.

Contact

Richard Compton
Department of Linguistics
Université du Québec à Montréal
C.P. 8888, Succ. Centre-Ville
Montréal, QC H3C 3P8 Canada

Phone : 514.987.3000, ext. 3192
compton[dot]richard[at]uqam[dot]ca

Linguistics at UQAM

The Department of Linguistics at UQMA offers cutting-edge programs in theoretical, experimental, and quantitative linguistics at the undergraduate, MA, and PhD levels. Faculty include experts in phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, Quebec Sign Language (LSQ), French, and Indigenous languages.

Visit the department’s website (in French) at the following link: linguistique.uqam.ca

You can also visit the department’s facebook page here: @linguistiqueUQAM

 

In the Media

Here are a list of media interviews and the relevant links:

Team

Richard Compton, Professor in the Department of Linguistique at UQAM

Christophe Mauro, MA student in Linguistique and Research Assistant

Marie-Loup Turenne, MA student in Linguistique and Research Assistant

Matthew Schuurman, PhD student in Linguistics

Alexandra Daigneault, Undergraduate student in Linguistics

Calendar

  • April 1-3, 2016 — Chris Mauro, Marie-Loup Turenne, Chloé Larouche, and François Steffann present talks on Inuktitut at the 21st WSCLA at UQAM.
  • May 28, 2016 — Chloé Larouche and François Steffann give a talk on vowels in Inuktitut at the annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association (ACL-CLA) at the University of Calgary.
  • May 29, 2016 — Emily Elfner (UBC), Richard Compton (UQAM) and Anja Arnhold (Konstanz) present a talk on polysynthetic words at the CLA at the University of Calgary.
  • June 20 – July 1, 2016 — Chris Mauro and Marie-Loup Turenne participate in the Institue on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang 2016) at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
  • July 4 – July 18, 2016 — Richard Compton, Chris Mauro, and Marie-Loup Turenne conduct fieldwork in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
  • September 22 – 24 2016 — Richard Compton, Anja Arnhold and Emily Elfner present a talk at The Word and the Morpheme workshop at Humboldt University in Berlin.
  • October 7-10, 2016 — Richard Compton, Chris Mauro and Marie-Loup Turenne give presentations at the 20th Congrès d’Études Inuit Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • November 19, 2016 — Chris Mauro gives a talk on entitled “Personnes et non-personne en Inuktitut” at the 1st annual Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto Morphology Workshop (MoMOT) at Carleton University, in Ottawa.
  • December 12, 2016 — Marie-Loup Turenne gives a talk on word order in declarative clauses in Inuktitut at the Bilingual Workshop in Theoretical Linguistics (ABLT/BWTL), at Concordia University.
  • March 14-18, 2017 — Anja Arnhold, Richard Compton, and Emily Elfner present on “XP-sized prosodic words in Inuit” at the 40th Generative Linguistics in the Old Word (GLOW), at the University of Leiden, Netherlands.
  • April 21-23, 2017 — Chris Mauro presents a poster at the 22nd Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA), at the University of British Columbia.
  • April 21-23, 2017 — Emily Kudlak and Richard Compton give a talk at the 22nd Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA), at the University of British Columbia.
  • May 27-29, 2017 — Chris Mauro presents a talk on switch reference and language change in Inuktitut at the annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association (ACL-CLA) at Ryerson University, in Toronto.
  • May 27-29, 2017 — Richard Compton gives a talk on «Left-periphery φ-agreement and A-movement in Inuktitut» at the annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistics Association (ACL-CLA) at Ryerson University, in Toronto.
  • July 17 – August 7, 2017 — Marie-Loup Turenne and Alexandra Daigneault conduct fieldwork in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
  • September 22-23, 2017 — Richard Compton gives a talk on person-case constraints (PCC) in Inuktitut at the Manitoba Person Workshop, at the University of Manitoba.
  • October 27-29, 2017 — Richard Compton presents a poster at the 48th North-East Linguistics Society (NELS), at the University of Iceland, in Reykjavik, Iceland.