Two linguists named MacArthur fellows

The MacArthur Foundation announced its annual “genius” fellowships today. Twenty-three people received the award, and two of them are linguists. I’ve really enjoyed learning about these remarkable people:

Jessie Little Doe Baird, who works on the revival of Wampanoag (Wôpanâak), a native language of Massachusetts: story at Boston.Com

Carol Padden, who works on the structure and evolution of sign languages: video at

(David Simon, creator of The Wire, also received a MacArthur fellowship. True that.)

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