carol-rose little

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I am a doctoral candidate in the Cornell Linguistics Department. I am currently a visiting scholar at Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany at the Collaborative Research Centre 991. After my fellowship in Düsseldorf, I will continue to Chiapas, Mexico for fieldwork with Ch'ol, funded by a graduate research grant from Engaged Cornell.

research and fieldwork

My research is focused on syntax, morphology and semantics. Much of my work is based on my fieldwork with the Mayan language Ch'ol and the Algonquian language Mi'gmaq.


BA (Honours) McGill University - Double Major in Linguistics and Russian Studies


Ch'ol is a Mayan language spoken in Southern Mexico. Ethnologue estimates the number of speakers at 222,000. It is a head marking, ergative-absolutive, predicate initial language. Most of my fieldwork has been done with the Tumbala dialect of Ch'ol in the ejido of San Miguel, Chiapas, Mexico. Check out the Lakty'añ Ch'ol blog for work on documenting the Ch'ol language, including through a National Geographic Explorers Grant and two Engaged Cornell grants.


Mi'gmaq is an Algonquian Language Spoken in Eastern Canada. Mi'gmaq is a polysynthetic language with a very rich verb morphology. I have collaborated with Mi'gmaq language teachers and developed a number of resources. Check out the Mi'gmaq Grammar Wiki for info on grammatical features in Mi'gmaq. To learn some basic phrases in Mi'gmaq, check out these flashcards on Quizlet. For more information on the Mi'gmaq project see the Mi'gmaq Research Partnership homepage.