"Professor Grenoble's 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."
Lenore Grenoble earned a BA in Russian at Cornell University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Chicago in 2007, she taught at Dartmouth College from 1986-2007. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of the Fulbright Arctic Distinguished Chair, Norway in 2018-2019.
Professor 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.
- Diana Forker & Lenore A. Grenoble, eds. Language Contact in the Territory of the Former Soviet Union. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (in progress)
- Victor A. Friedman & Lenore A. Grenoble, eds. The Slavonic Languages. Second Edition. Oxford: Routledge. (in progress)
- Bickel, Balthasar, Lenore A. Grenoble, David A. Peterson, & Alan Timberlake, eds. 2013. Language Typology and Historical Contingency. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
- 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, 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.
- 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.
Previously Taught Courses
- Contact linguistics
- Field methods
- Linguistic structure of Russian
- Seminars in conversational structure, discourse analysis