Jessica Coon

Jessica Coon grew up in Oregon, received her PhD in linguistics from MIT in 2010, and began in 2011 as an assistant professor in the linguistics department at McGill University. Jessica’s research focuses on syntax and morphology, especially of under-documented languages.  In 2014, she published “Classifiers are for numerals, not nouns: Evidence from Mi’gmaq and Chol” (Linguistic Inquiry) in conjunction with Alan Bale.  An excerpt of this paper can be found here.  For the full paper and for more information, please contact either Jessica or Alan.  Her article “The interaction of person and number in Mi’gmaq” written in conjunction with Alan Bale will appear in Nordlyd in a special issue on Features.  Also in 2014, Jessica presented her collaborative work with Alan Bale at a colloquium talk at the University of Maryland entitled “The (apparent) inseparability of person and number in Mi’gmaq.”  In addition to her new love of Algonquian languages, Jessica leads an alternate life as a Mayanist.  You can learn more about Jessica’s work on her webpage.

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