Marie-Lucie Tarpent

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Marie-Lucie Tarpent is a Canadian linguist, formerly Associate Professor of Linguistics and French at Mount Saint Vincent University [MSVU], Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (now retired). She is known for her descriptive work on the Nisga'a language, a member of the Tsimshianic language family,[1][2] and for her proof of the affiliation of the Tsimshianic languages to the Penutian language group.[3]

She also co-presented with Daythal Kendall a paper on the lack of evidence for a close relationship between the Oregon Penutian languages Takelma and Kalapuyan, and therefore for the previously hypothesized "Takelman".[4][5]


  1. ^ 1986 (editor/compiler) Han'iimagoon'isgum-algax_hl Nisg_a'a/Nisgha Phrase Dictionary. New Aiyansh, B.C.: School District 92 (Nisgha). 564 pp. [A very Copious phrase book in 38 chapters with Nisgha/English and English/Nisgha Indexes; about 5,000 Nisgha items indexed]
  2. ^ 1989 A grammar of the Nisgha language. PhD Dissertation. University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada.
  3. ^ 1997 Tsimshianic and Penutian: problems, methods, results and implications. International Journal of American Linguistics 63:1.65-112.
  4. ^ 1998 On the relationship between Takelma and Kalapuyan: Another look at "Takelman". Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas.
  5. ^ Mithun, Marianne. 1999. The Languages of Native North America. Cambridge University Press.

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