Lenore Grenoble

  • Dickey Center Senior Arctic Fellow

  • John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Linguistics and Humanities Collegiate Division, the University of Chicago

Lenore Grenoble specializes in Slavic and Arctic Indigenous languages, and is currently conducting fieldwork on Even and Evenki (Tungusic) in Siberia and Kalaallisut (Greenlandic, Inuit) in Greenland.  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.



Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Selected Publications


    Grenoble, Lenore A. & Lindsay J. Whaley. (in preparation) Language Vitality & Sustainability.

    Grenoble, Lenore A. & Jessica Kantarovich. (in preparation) Methodological Issues in Documentation & Reconstruction: The Curious Case of Odessan Russian. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Press.

    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.


    Grenoble, Lenore A. (in press) Leveraging policy to effect change in the Arctic. In Mari Jones, ed., Endangered languages and language policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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

    Grenoble, Lenore A. 2014. 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. 109-132. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Grenoble, Lenore A. 2014. Conflicting goals, ideologies and beliefs in the field, with Simone S. Whitecloud, in Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank, eds., Beliefs and Ideologies in Language Endangerment, Documentation and Revitalization. Proceedings of the British Academy 199. 339-356. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Whitecloud, Simone S. & Lenore A. Grenoble. 2014. An interdisciplinary approach to documenting knowledge: plants & their uses in Greenland. Arctic 67/1. 57-70.

    Grenoble, Lenore A. & Carl Chr. Olsen. 2014. Language and well-being in the Arctic: Building indigenous language vitality and sustainability. Arctic Yearbook 2014.

    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.