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Lindsay Morcom

B.A., M.A. (Regina), Ph.D. (Oxford)

Lindsay Morcom

Assistant Professor
ATEP Coordinator

Room: A245
Phone: 613-533-6000 x 77269
Email: morcoml@queensu.ca

Research Interests
  • Aboriginal education
  • Aboriginal languages
  • Language documentation and revitalization
  • Morphology
  • Language typology
  • Functional and cognitive linguistics

Dr. Lindsay Morcom is an interdisciplinary researcher with experience in language documentation, theoretical linguistics, and education.  She earned her Master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Regina in 2006.  She then completed her doctorate in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in 2010.

Her linguistic research focuses on Aboriginal languages. She is interested in language documentation, and wrote a grammar of Pokomchi’, a Mayan language of Guatemala, as her M.A. thesis. Her doctoral research was a typological study of parts of speech categories in Salish and Wakashan languages and Michif, and applied prototype theory to functional data to explore the nature and diversity of lexical categories across languages. Through her linguistic research, she aims to both help in the revitalization of Canadian Aboriginal languages and to better inform current linguistic theory through the use of diverse data.

Dr. Morcom also has a great passion for education. She has experience lecturing and tutoring on various aspects of linguistics at both Oxford University and the First Nations University of Canada at the University of Regina. Through the completion of a research project on diversity and fairness in student assessment, she was granted Associate Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom. She has also performed research in education while employed as a Staff Officer with the Canadian Forces Support Training Group (CFSTG), a formation within the Canadian Defence Academy (CDA). While there, she carried out research and project implementation to improve military training through the use of modern instructional techniques and technologies. She is excited about the opportunity to combine her enthusiasm for education and love of Aboriginal languages through her current research and work with the ATEP program and the Queen’s Faculty of Education.

Lindsay is originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteer work, camping, cycling, and cooking.

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Publications & Theses

Morcom, Lindsay A.  (In Press).  Balancing the spirit in Aboriginal Catholic education in Ontario. Catholicism and Education : Fifty Years after Vatican II (1962-1965) A Transnational Interdisciplinary Encounter.  University of Toronto Press.

Whitinui, Paul, McIvor, Onowa, Robertson, Boni, and Morcom, Lindsay. (2015).  The World Indigenous Research Alliance (WIRA): Mediating and mobilizing indigenous peoples’ educational knowledge and aspirations.  Education Policy Analysis Archives.

Morcom, Lindsay A. (2014).  Aboriginal teacher education:  The circle continues.  Queen’s Education Letter, Spring/Summer 2014:  24-27.

Morcom, Lindsay A.  (2014).  Aboriginal perspectives.  Forest and Nature Schools in Canada:  A Head, Heart, Hands Approach to Outdoor Learning.  Pp. 13-15.  Ottawa: Forest and Nature Schools Canada. 

Morcom, Lindsay A.  (2014).  Determining the role of language and culture in First Nations schools:  A comparison of the First Nations Education Act with the policy of the Assembly of First Nations. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 163.  Available online at http://www.umanitoba.ca/publications/cjeap/pdf_files/morcom.pdf.

Morcom, Lindsay.  (2014).  Report for Families:  MMAK Students’ First Year Achievement.  M’Chigeeng First Nation: Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute.

Morcom, Lindsay, and Sweeney, Michael.  (2014).  The Three Tiered Trial:  Achieving Synergy in Training Improvement.  Winnipeg:  Canadian Defence Academy Press.

Morcom, Lindsay A.  (2013).  Aboriginal Language and School Success:  What Can I Expect for my Child?  M’Chigeeng First Nation:  Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute.  http://www.ktei.net/uploads/1/4/7/8/1478467/language_immersion_and_school_success_for_parents_-_dr._morcom.pdf

Huffam, Christopher, and Morcom, Lindsay.  (2012).  Handbook on Evidence-Based Research Methodology.  Handbook produced for use within the Canadian Forces.

Morcom, Lindsay A.  (2010).  The Universality and Demarcation of Lexical Categories Cross-Linguisically.  D.Phil Thesis.  Oxford University.

Morcom, Lindsay Anne. (2010).  Review of Gradience, Gradualness, and Grammaticalization. Linguist List Book Reviewshttp://linguistlist.org/pubs/reviews/get-review.cfm?SubID=4494836.

Weichel, Lindsay.  (2008). Grammatical Radial Categories in the Language of the Northwest Coast. Proceedings of the Second Oxford Postgraduate Linguistics Conference.  http://www.ling-phil.ox.ac.uk/events/lingo/proceedings.htm.

Weichel, Lindsay.  (2006).  The Grammatical Structure of Western Pokomchi’.  M.A. Thesis.  University of Regina.

Weichel, Lindsay. (2005).  A text-based analysis of the Pokomchi’ language.”  University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics 17:  235-244.

Weichel, Lindsay.  (2004).  The demarcation of nouns and verbs in various Amerindian languages. University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics 15:  129-142.

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