‘Genius grant’ a boost to linguist as she revives a native language

Jessie Little Doe Baird will receive a $500,000 grant. Jessie Little Doe Baird will receive a $500,000 grant. (MacArthur Foundation)
By Laura Collins-Hughes
Globe Staff / September 28, 2010

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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 ... (Full article: 1202 words)

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