Research Group on the Structure and Documentation of Inuktitut

The Research Group on the Structure and Documentation of Inuktitut examines the syntactic, morphological, semantic, and phonological properties of the Inuit language, particularly Eastern Canadian dialects, spoken in Nunavut, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec), and in Nunatsiavut (in Labrador), which together are called Inuktitut. We are also interested in other varieties of the language, which include Inuinnaqtun, Siglitun, and Uummartmiutun in the Western Canadian Arctic, Inupiaq in Alaska, and Greenlandic dialects.

Group Members

  • Richard Compton (Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UQAM)
  • Christophe Mauro (MA student in Linguistics and Research Assistant)
  • Marie-Loup Turenne (MA student in Linguistics and Research Assistant)
  • Alexandra Daigneault (Undergraduate in Linguistics)
  • Matthew Schuurman (PhD student in Linguistics)

External Grants

  • Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (2014-2016)
  • Start-up Grant for New Research Professors, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) (2016-2019)
  • Connection Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (2016)

Scholarships to Student Members

  • Master’s Research Scholarship, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) to Marie-Loup Turenne (2017-2018)
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), to Marie-Loup Turenne (2017-2018)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), to Matthew Schuurman (2017-2020).

Research Topics

  • Polysynthesis
  • Status of agreement markers
  • Nominal and verbal incorporation
  • Variable word word, scrambling
  • Switch reference
  • Grammatical person features
  • Prosody
  • Mirror principle and morpheme order in words
  • Grammatical description of Inuktitut
  • Grammatical description of Inuinnaqtun

 

Chris and Marie-Loup at the 20th Congrès d’Études Inuit Studies at Memorial University in St. John’s.

Richard (with Anja Arnhold) at a workshop of the 40th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) in Leiden, Netherlands, in 2017.

Students in the research lab.

Chris and Marie-Loup at the Nunavut Research Institute in Iqaluit in 2016.

Richard at the Table ronde de la recherche sur l’imaginaire du Nord, de l’hiver et de l’Arctique at UQAM.

Chris at the 22nd Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas, at UBC.