What is CCLAS?

Picture of Cammi, a Cree child

The Chisasibi Child Language Acquisition Study (CCLAS) began in 2004, and is located in the (North East) Cree-speaking community of Chisasibi, Quebec. CCLAS is a longitudinal naturalistic study.

Our first acknowledgement goes to the families who volunteered to participate in this study. The project would not have been possible without their (continuing) generosity, patience and understanding. We extend our biggest thanks to the children of CCLAS and to their families. Special thanks also go to the Cree School Board for their hospitailty in Chisasibi. For primary funding, CCLAS gratefully acknowledges the Social Sciences and Humanities Council for Canada (SSHRC):

  • 2004-08: SSHRC Standard Research Grant 410-2004-1836
  • 2008-12: SSHRC Standard Research Grant 410-2008-0378
  • 2013-2018: SSHRC Insight Grant 435-2013-1297

The core CCLAS research team consists of Julie Brittain (Project Director), Carrie Dyck, Yvan Rose and Marguerite MacKenzie (Memorial University). In 2013, we are pleased to welcome to our research group Shanley Allen (University of Kaiserslautern), Phil Branigan (Memorial University) and Marit Westergaard (University of Tromsø).

In October 2015, we were very pleased to welcome Mimie Neacappo to CCLAS as Project Manager.

Our work would not be possible without the assistance of many people, first and foremost the Cree language experts, and our talented graduate students, and undergraduate students. More information about graduate student participation in CCLAS is posted at people/graduate_students.

The CCLAS project offers the opportunity for research at the M.A. and Ph.D. level. Competitive funding opportunities are available. For further information, contact Julie Brittain.

Current research projects (morphosyntax)

We are currently examining the following issues in Cree acquisition, in child speech and in child-directed speech:

  • the passive construction
  • patterns of argument realization
  • word order

See project output for theses and presentations in these areas.


We're pleased to be participating in the ACQDIV (Acquisition in maximally diverse languages) project (University of Zurich). 




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