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Kumiko Murasugi

Associate Professor (Linguistics) Undergrad Advisor ALDS/LING

Degrees:B.A. (Toronto, Carleton), M.A. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2197
Office:247 Paterson Hall

Research Interests 

  • Inuktitut
  • Language documentation
  • Language change and attrition
  • Theoretical and experimental syntax


Current course information for this faculty member can be found by searching the Carleton Central/Public Schedule by Term and Name.

Courses previously taught

  • LING 1001: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 2005: Linguistic Analysis I
  • LING 3004: Syntax I
  • LING 4004: Syntax II


Standardization of Inuit languages in Canada (with D. Patrick and J. Palluq-Cloutier). In P. Lane and J. Costa (eds.), Standardizing Minority Languages: Competing Ideologies of Authority and Authenticity in the Global Periphery. Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism 2016.

Noun incorporation and case in heritage Inuktitut (with M. Sherkina-Lieber). In S. Vinerte (ed.), Proceedings of the 2015 Canadian Linguistic Association Annual Conference.

Noun incorporation, nonconfigurationality, and polysynthesis. In A. Carnie, Y. Sato and D. Siddiqi (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Syntax, pp. 283-304. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.

The role of morphology in the comprehension of wh-dependencies in Croatian aphasic speakers (with V. Klajevic). Aphasiology 24 (11), 1354-1376, 2010.

Acceptability judgments and linguistic competence. Revista Linguistica. Volume 5, no. 1, 2009.

Asymmetric movement in raising-to-object structures. Canadian Journal of Linguistics 53, 83-100, 2008.

Conference presentations

A standardized Inuit writing system (with J. Palluq-Cloutier). Invited Colloqium: Indigenous Languages and Identities. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL 2015), Toronto, 2015.

A hierarachical view of the ergative and antipassive in Inuktitut. Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Brock University, St. Catharines, 2014.

Word-final consonant deletion in Inuktitut (with E. Christie). 18th Inuit Studies Conference, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, 2012.

Morphological complexity in Inuktitut speakers. Language Death, Endangerment, Documentation & Revitalization (26th UWM Linguistics Symposium), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2011.

Inuktitut language change. Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, University of Akureyri, Iceland, 2011.

Conference posters

Ergative and antipassive structures in bilingual Inuktitut speakers. Conference on Formal Approaches to Heritage Language. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012.

Verbal agreement in bilingual Inuktitut-English speakers. Language as a Social and Cultural Practice: Advances in Linguistics [Theme: Multilingualism and migration]. University of Basel, Switzerland, 2011.

On the syntax and semantics of gradient judgments. Linguistic Evidence 2008, University of Tuebingen, Germany, 2008.

Invited talks

The antipassive and person hierarchies in Inuktitut. Dept. of Linguistics Colloquium, University of Ottawa, 2014.

Split ergativity in Inuktitut. Institute of Cognitive Science Colloquium, Carleton University, 2012.


  • Canadian Linguistic Association
  • FEL Canada
  • Foundation for Endangered Languages
  • The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas