Lenore Grenoble

John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor
John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor

Research Interest:
Slavic Linguistics

Wieboldt 401
(773) 702-0927



Lenore Grenoble specializes in Slavic and Arctic Indigenous languages, and is currently conducting fieldwork on Evenki (Tungusic) in Siberia, Kalaallisut (West Greenlandic, Inuit) in Greenland, and Wolof (Niger-Congo) in Senegal.  Her research focuses on the study of contact linguistics and language shift, discourse and conversation analysis, deixis, and issues in the study of language endangerment, attrition, and revitalization.

Selected Publications

Books & Edited Volumes:

Bickel, Balthasar, Lenore A. Grenoble,  David A. Peterson, & Alan Timberlake, eds. 2013. Language Typology and Historical Contingency. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Press.

Grenoble, Lenore A. & N. Louanna Furbee, eds. 2010. Language Documentation: Practices and Values. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Press. [paperback edition: 2012]

Grenoble, Lenore A. & Lindsay J. Whaley. 2006. Saving Languages. An Introduction to Language Revitalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Grenoble, Lenore A. 2003. Language Policy in the Former Soviet Union. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press.

Grenoble, Lenore A. 1998. Deixis and Information Packaging in Russian Discourse. Pragmatics & Beyond, 50. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Press.

Bulatova, Nadezhda J. & Lenore A. Grenoble. 1999. Evenki. Languages of the World Materials/141. Munich: Lincom.

Grenoble, Lenore A. & Lindsay J. Whaley, eds. 1998. Endangered Languages: Current Issues and Future Prospects. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

Grenoble, Lenore A. & John M. Kopper, eds. 1997. Essays in the Art and Theory of Translation. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Selected Articles:                       

Grenoble, Lenore A. & Adam Roth Singerman. In press. Minority languages. In Mark Aronoff, ed., Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Grenoble, Lenore A. In press. Spatial semantics, case, and relational nouns in Evenki. In Pirkko Suihkonen & Lindsay J. Whaley, eds. Typology of Languages of Europe and Northern and Central Asia. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Whitecloud, Simone S. & Lenore A. Grenoble. In press. An interdisciplinary approach to documenting knowledge: plants & their uses in Greenland. Arctic 67/1. (in press)

Grenoble, Lenore A., Rebekah Baglini & Martina Martinović. Verbal gestures in Wolof. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. (submitted)

Grenoble, Lenore A. 2013. Unanswered questions in language documentation and revitalization: New directions for research and action. In Elena Mihas, Bernard Perley, Gabriel Rei-Doval, & Kathleen Wheatley, eds., Responses to Language Endangerment: In Honor of Mickey Noonan. New Directions in Language Documentation and Language Revitalization, 43-57. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.  

Grenoble, Lenore A. 2013. The syntax and pragmatics of Tungusic revisited. In Balthasar Bickel, Lenore A. Grenoble, David A. Peterson, & Alan Timberlake, eds., Language Typology and Historical Contingency, 357-382. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.  

Grenoble, Lenore A. 2013. Talking out of turn: (co)-constructing Russian conversation. In Nadine Thielemann & Peter Kosta, eds., Approaches to Slavic Interaction, 17-33. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.  



Contact linguistics
Field methods
Linguistic structure of Russian
Seminars in conversational structure, discourse analysis