Jessica Coon is a professor of linguistics at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in syntax and indigenous languages. She was the linguistics expert consultant for the 2016 film Arrival.
|Fields||Syntax, indigenous languages|
|Thesis||Complementation in Chol (Mayan): A Theory of Split Ergativity (2010)|
Early life and educationEdit
Coon teaches linguistics to both graduate and undergraduate students at McGill University.
In 2011, she began collaborating with language teachers in the Mi’gmaq Listuguj community, in order to document, research, and develop teaching materials for Mi’gmaq, a First Nations language of Quebec.
Coon was consulted during the finalization of the script for Denis Villeneuve's Arrival for her linguistics expertise. She wrote a piece for the Museum of the Moving Image on fieldwork and alien grammars, following her work on Arrival.
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- Coon, Jessica (2013). Aspects of Split Ergativity. Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199858743.