Innu Language Grammar, Dictionary and Texts
ResearchersMarguerite MacKenzie, Phil Branigan, Barbara Burnaby, Marie-Odile Junker (Carleton U), Carrie Dyck, Sandra Clarke
PersonnelCURA Project: Laurel Anne Hasler, Will Oxford, Del Torkornoo, Terry George (Carleton U)
Students: Jennifer Thorburn, Will Oxford, Janet Burgess, Dougal Graham, Karlie King, Emily Urquhart
DescriptionThe CURA project on Innu language aims to consolidate and extend existing linguistic documentation and applied materials for the language of the Innu, as well as to link and build on virtually all basic and applied research on Innu-aimun, making it accessible to community members and others in various forms (e.g., literacy training, the Internet). It also seeks to provide sophisticated print and electronic facilities for modern communication in Innu-aimun, and to collaborate with and train Innu community members for on-going development in local linguistic research, literacy teaching and development, pedagogy, interpreting and translating and media (radio, print).
The main project is the compilation of a pan-Innu dictionary which documents the vocabulary and pronunciation of the various dialects of Innu-aimun spoken in Quebec and Labrador, with translations into English and French. Other projects document vocabulary for specific purposes (justice, health, environment). Documentation of the phonology, syntax and sociolinguistics of the Sheshatshiu dialect are the subject of on-going research by faculty and graduate students.
- Innu-aimun: the Language of the Innu in Labrador. (Smart Labrador website)
- Institut culturel et éducatif montagnais
- Cree-Innu Linguistic atlas
Selected publicationsSee the website for a bibliography and pdf versions of theses and papers
2007 Marguerite MacKenzie and Kristen O'Keefe (eds.) Innu-aimun Legal Terms (Criminal Law) / Kaueueshtakanit innu-aimuna: Sheshatshiu-aimun (124 pp.) and Mushuau-aimun (127 pp.)St. John’s, NL: Department of Justice, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2007 Clarke, Sandra and Marguerite MacKenzie. Labrador Innu-aimun: an introduction to the Sheshatshiu dialect. Department of Linguistics, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
2004 “Montagnais/Innu-aimun (Algonquian)” Sandra Clarke and Marguerite MacKenzie in Gert Booj, Christian Lehmann, Joachim Mugdan, Stavros Skopeteas in collaboration with Wolfgang Kesselheim (eds.), Morphology. An International Handbook on Inflection and Word Formation, Vol. 2, 1411-1422. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
2002 “Word order variation at the left periphery in Innu-aimûn.” Philip Branigan and Marguerite MacKenzie, In H.C. Wolfart and A. Ogg (eds.), Papers of the Thirty-third Algonquian Conference, 110-119. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba.
2002 “Altruism, A-bar movement and object agreement.” Philip Branigan and Marguerite MacKenzie, Linguistic Inquiry 3(3):385-407.
2001 “How much syntax can you fit in a word? Late insertion and verbal agreement in Innu-aimun.” Phil Branigan and Marguerite MacKenzie, in S. Gessner, S. Oh & K. Shiobara (eds.), Proceedings of WSCLA 5 (The Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas, 5:37-52. Vancouver: University of British Columbia.
1999 “Binding and the nature of pro in Innu-aimun.” Philip Branigan and Marguerite MacKenzie, in Pius Tamanji, Masako Hirotani and Nancy Hall (eds.), Proceedings of the North East Linguistic Society 29:475-485. Amherst: University of Massachusetts.
1999 “A double object obviation constraint in Innu-aimun”, Philip Branigan and Marguerite MacKenzie, in David Pentland (ed.), Papers of the Thirtieth Algonquian Conference, 28-33. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba.
1999-04 Sheshatshiu atanukana mak tipatshimuna, Myths and tales from Sheshatshit, collected by Madeleine Lefebvre and Robert Lanari in 1967, Booklet 1-4. José Mailhot and collaborators (eds.). St. John’s, Newfoundland: Innu Text Project.
Theses and student papers
Jennifer Thorburn MA 2006 Language Attitudes and Use in the Innu Community of Sheshatshiu, Labrador
Will Oxford MA 2007 Towards a Grammar of Innu-aimun Particles
Janet Burgess MA (in progress) The Phonology of Reduplication and Initial Change in Sheshatshiu Innu-aimun