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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


I have a BA (Hons) in linguistics from Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, and an MPhil in linguistics by Thesis from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. I am now a PhD student at the University of Toronto, Department of Linguistics. I am mostly interested in anthropological linguistics / linguistic anthropology, morphology, and language revitalization, especially with respect to endangered North American Indian languages, such as the Northern Iroquoian variety Mohawk on which I have been working for several years.


Anthropological linguistics / linguistic anthropology

Language endangerment and revitalisation

Kanyen'kéha (Mohawk) and other related Northern Iroquoian languages

Morphology, especially polysynthetic languages

Linguistic theory


Key publications: 


Vaux, B., Paparounas, L., & Renard, M. Aspiration in English. In Progress.

Vaux, B., & Renard, M. On the Interactions of Epenthesis and Voicing Assimilation. In Progress.

Renard, M. Reconsidering the Language-Culture Nexus: New Emic Insights from Kanyen’kéha Speakers. Cambridge University: MPhil Thesis. Unsubmitted.

Renard, M. 2021. Revitalizing Kanyen’kéha as a Second Language: Motivations, Challenges, and Strategies. Cambridge University: Undergraduate Dissertation. Forthcoming in Journal of the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain.

Renard, M. 2021. Making the Implicit Explicit: Language as Nature, Culture, and Structure. Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics 13, 185-196.

Other Professional Activities

Committee member of the Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group (CELC), University of Cambridge (UK), 2017-2021: organisation of conferences.

Voluntary internship at the Onkwawén:na Kentyóhkwa Mohawk language (Kanyen’kéha) Revitalisation School, Six Nations Reserve, Ontario (CANADA), 2019: creation of verb charts and quizzes for the online immersion programme, data collection for my undergraduate dissertation.

Voluntary internship at the Onkwawén:na Kentyóhkwa Mohawk language (Kanyen’kéha) Revitalisation School, Six Nations Reserve, Ontario (CANADA), 2018: creation of indexes for Mohawk-English dictionaries, fabrication of a memory board game to teach Mohawk pronominal prefixes.

Committee member of the Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society (CUSAS), University of Cambridge (UK), 2017-2018: organisation of screening events.

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What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.