About Dominique Ryon

As a linguistic anthropologist, Dominique Ryon has made many important contributions to her field. Over the last ten years, Ryon’s work has been recognized and widely published by academic journals throughout the country. In 2005, Dominique Ryon completed a book chapter titled “Language Death Studies and Local Knowledge: The Case of Cajun French,” which appeared in Reclaiming the Local in Language Policy and Practice, edited by A. Suresh Canagarajah. Dominique Ryon’s most recent publishing credit came when she was listed as a Co-Editor for the Dictionary of Louisiana French released by the University Press of Mississippi in 2010. This textbook offers a comprehensive look at Creole and Cajun French in the Mississippi Delta and provides an in-depth look at the language’s most common phrases and vocabulary. In addition to the Dictionary of Louisiana French, Ryon also contributed to a digital language instruction guide to Cajun vocabulary: the CD-ROM program titled “Discovering Cajun French through the Spoken Word,” published by the Creole Institute of Indiana University. This CD-ROM provides users with real-life examples of how Cajun French is spoken by native speakers, and it contains transcriptions of over 155 pages of text from recorded interviews with French-speaking Louisianans, as well as various radio archives. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access and is used as a resource by academic institutions around the country, including The University of Alabama and Indiana University. Ryon actively collaborated to the project by doing linguistic fieldwork and by transcribing many hours of recorded interviews. Dominique Ryon received her Ph.D. in Anthropology with a focus on linguistic anthropology from the University of Montreal. After graduating in 1994, Ryon received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange as well as the Award of Excellence of the Academy of Great Montrealers. Dominique Ryon has taught French language and culture, anthropology, and linguistics at universities, both at the undergraduate and advanced graduate levels. Dominique Ryon is a native French speaker who is also fluent in English and Chinese.

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