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Marie-Lucie Tarpent (born November 9, 1941) 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, and for her proof of the affiliation of the Tsimshianic languages to the Penutian language group.
Marie-Lucie Tarpent was born on November 9, 1941, in Tonnerre, France. Tarpent graduated with a Licence ès Lettres (Bachelor's) degree in English and German from University of Paris, Sorbonne in 1963. The next year, attended the University of Vermont in before earning a Master's degree in linguistics in 1965 from Cornell University. From 1967–1970 and 1974–1977, Tarpent attended Simon Fraser University. She was on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship in from 1981–1983. She completed her Doctorate in Linguistics at University of Victoria in 1989.
Starting in September 2007, Tarpent was one of ten senior scholars in the field of linguistics to participate in the International Polar Year project "Documenting Alaskan and Neighboring Languages." was a project collaborator on the 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". In 1999, Tarpent authored a chapter titled ""On the eve of a new paradigm: The current challenges to comparative linguisitics in a Kuhnian perspective." She has contributed significantly to the knowledge on Nisga'a and Southern Tsimshianic languages at Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nation, particularly in regards to the importance of morphemes.
In 1983, Tarpent was a part-time instructor at Northwest Community College.
- Tarpent, M. L. (1987). A Grammar of the Nisgha Language. University of Victoria. ISBN 978-0-315-68126-2.
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- Tarpent, M. L. (January 1997). "Tsimshianic and Penutian: Problems, Methods, Results, and Implications". International Journal of American Linguistics. 63 (1): 65–112. doi:10.1086/466314. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
- L. J. Brinton, ed. (2001). "On the eve of a new paradigm". Historical Linguistics 1999: Selected Papers from the 14th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Vancouver, 9-13 August 1999. Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science: 4. J. Benjamins. ISBN 978-1-58811-064-0. Retrieved December 30, 2017. Search this book on
- 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]
- 1941-, Tarpent, Marie-Lucie, (1992). A grammar of the Nisgha language. Ottawa: National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada. ISBN 0315681268. OCLC 28018655. Search this book on
- Tarpent, Marie-Lucie (1997-01-01). "Tsimshianic and Penutian: Problems, Methods, Results, and Implications". International Journal of American Linguistics. 63 (1): 65–112. doi:10.1086/466314. ISSN 0020-7071.
- "IPY: Documenting Alaskan and Neighboring Languages | M. L. Tarpent". 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
- "NSF Award Search: Award#0732787 - IPY-Documenting Alaskan and Neighboring Languages". www.nsf.gov. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
- 1998 On the relationship between Takelma and Kalapuyan: Another look at "Takelman". Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas.
- Mithun, Marianne. 1999. The Languages of Native North America. Cambridge University Press.
- Historical linguistics 1999 : selected papers from the 14th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Vancouver, 9-13 August 1999. Brinton, Laurel J. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins. 2001. ISBN 1588110648. OCLC 70769055. Search this book on
- Marsden, Susan (2012). "The Gitk'a'ata, their History, and their Territories" (PDF). Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
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