'Genius Grant' a Boost to Linguist as She Revives a Native Language

September 28, 2010

Author: Laura Collins-Hughes

Source: The Boston Globe


First she cried. Then she found out about the money and nearly fainted.


Jessie Little Doe Baird was overcome at the news that her 17 years of linguistic work — resurrecting the language the Wampanoag people spoke and wrote until at least the mid-1800s — had landed her a MacArthur Fellows “genius grant’’ of $500,000. The 23 recipients of this year’s John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grants, including five others from New England, were announced this morning.