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 and their families. Special thanks also go to the Cree School Board for their support over the years since we began, and for their hospitailty while we are 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
  • 2013-2020: 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 were pleased to welcome to our research group Shanley Allen (University of Kaiserslautern), Phil Branigan (Memorial University) and Marit Westergaard (University of Tromsø).

Our work would not be possible without the assistance of many people, first and foremost our Cree colleagues Cree language experts, and our talented graduate students, and undergraduate students. More information about 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.

Current areas of interest

Here are some of the topics we're currently working on:

  • the passive construction
  • patterns of argument realization
  • word order
  • Englsh/Cree code-mixing
  • possession/nominal morphology
  • preverbs

See project output for publications, theses and presentations in these areas.




Chisasibi Child Language Acquisition Study

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000