Carleton University Professor Receives prestigious Killam Research Fellowship

Carleton Professor Marie-Odile Junker is one of eight outstanding Canadian researchers to be awarded a prestigious Killam Research Fellowship, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts. The Fellowship is worth $70,000 a year for two years.

The project will enable Dr. Junker to research the word formations used for Cree and Innu, two Eastern Canada Aboriginal languages, with particular emphasis on understanding traditional ecological knowledge and human cognition. The work will be used to produce online specialized topical dictionaries in these two endangered languages as well as contribute to the advancement of knowledge in linguistics.

Dr. Junker received her BA from La Sorbonne in Paris, her MA from the Université de Strasbourg and her PhD in linguistics from Université de Sherbrooke in 1991. From 1992-1993, she was a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct professor with the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Carleton University. From 1993 to 2004, she taught linguistics in the French Department. She is currently a professor in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. She is also a core faculty member at the Cognitive Science Institute.

Her research interests include theoretical linguistics, syntax and semantics, cognitive sciences, French, Aboriginal languages (East Cree) and cross cultural communications.

The Killam Fellowships support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields. Among Canada’s most distinguished research awards, the Canada Council for the Arts Killam Research Fellowships are made possible by a bequest of Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam and a gift she made before her death in 1965.

The recipients are chosen by the Killam selection committee, which comprises 15 eminent scientists and scholars representing a broad range of disciplines.

A complete listing of these awards is available at this website


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