Dominique Ryon has worked in Southwestern Louisiana for more than 10 years in her role as a linguistic anthropologist. A member of Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones (CIEF) and a professional in the field for more than two decades, Dominique Ryon has taught Chinese and French language courses for both children and adults while concurrently serving as a researcher and lecturer on Cajun language and culture. She is a contributor and editor to a wide range of publications, including Littératures de Chine and the Dictionary of Louisiana French, a collaborative effort published in 2010 by the University Press of Mississippi. Working with colleagues under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Dominique Ryon’s in-depth knowledge and research served as an important foundation for the dictionary’s thorough examination of the Cajun dialect.
Dominique Ryon completed her Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology at the University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, and has become a noted scholar on the topic of Louisiana French and North American French dialects. Her research has appeared in many academic journals, such as Etudes Francophones; La Revue Française; the Journal of Language, Identity and Education; and The International Journal of Francophone Studies, among many others. In addition, Dominique Ryon assisted in the creation of an educational CD-ROM, Discovering Cajun French through the Spoken Word.
Over the years, Dominique Ryon has remained an active contributor to the preservation of French culture in Louisiana. She previously served as a member of the Lafayette Parish’s Community Advisory Council for the French immersion program and sat on the Executive Board of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana. Dominique Ryon was also on the Executive Board of the Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones. She is fluent in French, English, and Chinese.