The U-M Institute for the Humanities forms an intellectual community of faculty and graduate student fellows who will spend a year in residence in the institute, pursuing their research and participating in a cross-disciplinary, non-public weekly seminar.  The Institute has awarded fellowships to nine faculty and seven graduate students this year to support research projects they will pursue during 2011-12.  Marlyse Baptista has been selected as a Hunting Family Professor, with the following project:

The Founder Principle in Creole Genesis: Uncovering the Founding Populations and their Languages in Creole Formation

This project explores the founder principle which states that the grammatical properties of a given creole are those of the languages spoken by the original populations that contributed to its genesis.  The ultimate objective is to uncover traces of the founding languages that have left a lasting imprint on the grammatical structure of specific creole languages.