Joy Peltier, a second-year PhD Linguistics student, has received an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs’ national predoctoral competition.
Joy’s Proposed Plan of Graduate Study and Research emphasized the need for more experimental research on functional and pragmatic items, particularly in the grammars of creoles and other minority contact varieties. Her current work focuses on the intricacies of determiners in Kwéyòl Donmnik, an understudied creole language from the Caribbean island of Dominica that is spoken by members of her family.
The Ford Foundation is known for promoting diversity among those pursuing careers in academia and for supporting academics who make an appreciation for diversity central to their research, mentorship, and teaching. The Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs competition is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and attracted over two thousand applications this year.
In recognition of Joy’s achievement, her name will be soon be included in the Foundation’s predoctoral fellowship Honorable Mention List for 2019.