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THE WORD’S OUT ON LINGUISTICS FELLOWSHIP’S SUCCESS

"David Baggett"
The Baggett Fellows linguistic research fellowship is making its mark.


By TERP

A research fellowship program in linguistics established by a highly successful alumnus is catching the attention of elite graduate programs from Michigan to Massachusetts.  


David Baggett ’92, co-founder of the “Crash Bandicoot” video game, ITA Software and most recently, Arcode, made a generous gift in 2007 to support the Baggett Fellows. The one-year program allows undergraduates and postbaccalaureate students to study human language capacity in labs and research groups, collaborate with research scientists and meet linguistics scholars.

“UMD has arguably the best linguistics program in the world right now,” says Baggett, who also serves on the university’s Board of Trustees. “As such, it’s a good place to develop programs that bring researchers at all stages and from varied fields together.”

The 18 scholars have already made an impression on the field of language research, says department Chair Norbert Hornstein, and have been recruited to the nation’s best graduate schools.

“Being a Baggett is a sure sign that you are a quality mind with good  training in linguistics and cognition,” he says.–TT