Jessica Coon

Professor of Linguistics at McGill University
Linguistics Consultant for the 2016 film "Arrival"

Jessica Coon is a Professor of Linguistics at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Syntax and Indigenous Languages. Her research focuses on the range and limits of cross-linguistic variation (among human languages!), with a special focus on Mayan and Iroquoian languages. In addition to theoretical work on these languages, she has worked to support community-led language documentation and revitalization efforts. Her expertise in linguistic fieldwork and language universals led to her role as the linguistics consultant for the 2016 film Arrival.

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