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Marie-Odile Junker

Distinguished Research Professor (Linguistics); Killam Research Fellow

Degrees:B.A. (Sorbonne), M.A. (Strasbourg), Ph.D. (Sherbrooke)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 7601
Office:1927 Dunton Tower
Website:Professional website

IMPORTANT: Professor Junker is no longer accepting new supervisions.

As a linguist and lover of linguistic diversity, Dr. Marie-Odile Junker is active in Indigenous language documentation, maintenance, and revitalisation. She uses a participatory-action research framework to work with communities and individuals interested in saving their language and seeing it thrive in the 21st century. Exploring how information and communication technologies can help Indigenous languages, she has developed several websites and online dictionaries for languages of the Algonquian family (Cree, Innu, Atikamekw). She is leading the co-creation of the Algonquian Linguistic Atlas, a large collaborative project that is building a digital infrastructure for Algonquian dictionaries and other resources. Marie-Odile was awarded a Governor’s General Innovation Award in 2017.

Research Interests

  • Theoretical and General Linguistics
  • Cognitive Semantics
  • Language documentation and description
  • French and Indigenous languages (Cree, Innu, Atikamekw – Algonquian Languages)
  • Information technology applied to language teaching and preservation
  • Participatory Action Research


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