This fund was created in honor of Rudy Professor Emeritus Albert Valdman to foster graduate student development through financial support for research and travel expenses. Since 2013, several awards have been given to doctoral students in French linguistics for the purchase of equipment and for travel to research sites in France. Our fundraising efforts for this purpose are ongoing.
Albert Valdman is still very active in research on Haitian Creole and Louisiana French and serves as Director of the Creole Institute. He retired from the faculty of the Department of French and Italian and the Department of Linguistics in 2004 and served as Editor of the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition through June 2015. In May 2011, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities awarded its book of the year prize to the Dictionary of Louisiana French, As Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities, which showcases Dr. Valdman’s work as a lexicographer, editor and mentor. Several alumni and colleagues in the field contributed significantly to this 10-year project, which shows Professor Valdman’s skills in bringing together scholars to document variations of French in the Americas.
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