Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College
  1. Home
  2. Academics
  3. Faculty Bios
  4. Division of Languages and Literature
  5. Kate Pichard

Kate Pichard

Faculty member Kate Pichard

Faculty in Spanish


Liebowitz Center for International Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Languages and Literature, Spanish

Areas of Specialization

  • Spanish
  • Applied linguistics


Research Interest: Linguistics, with a focus on semicreolization; second language acquisition; and comparative romance linguistics.

Teaching Interest: Spanish and Linguistics.

Other Interests: French language and Romance linguistics.

Favorite/Regular Course Offered

  • Accelerated Beginning Spanish


PhD, CUNY Graduate Center in New York

Dr. Pichard's doctoral dissertation, Non-standard Dominican Spanish: Evidence of Partial Restructuring, represents a culmination of her interests in Latin American history, colonialism, and second language acquisition by looking at fossilized features of African languages in the vernacular Spanish of the Dominican Republic. She has published articles, chapters in books and presented at conferences on the subject of semicreolization in dialects of Spanish. Dr. Pichard began teaching linguistics courses at Hunter College as an adjunct faculty member, then worked at the American University of Paris for nearly 10 years. She has been teaching at Simon's Rock since 2011.



  • “Palenquero.” With Armin Schwegler. In J. Holm, ed. Comparative creole syntax. Battlebridge Press, 2006.
  • “El marcador de pasado a: Palenquero en Santo Domingo.” In Y. Moñino and A. Schwegler, eds. Palenque, Cartagena y Afro-Caribe: historia y lengua. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2002.
  • Holm et al. “A comparison of serial verb constructions in Cape Verdean and other creoles. In K. Zimmerman, ed. Lenguas criollas de base lexical española y portuguesa. Frankfurt: Vervuert Verlag, 1999.
  • Holm et al.Copula patterns in Atlantic and non-Atlantic Creoles. In J.R. Rickford and S. Romaine, eds. Creole genesis, attitudes and discourse: studies celebrating Charlene Sato. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1999.
  • “The creole pronoun i in non-standard Dominican Spanish.” In K. Zimmermann, ed. Lenguas criollas de base lexical española y portuguesa. Frankfurt: Vervuert Verlag, 1999.
  • “The preverbal marker a in a semicreolized variety of non-standard Dominican Spanish.” In L. Ortiz, ed. El Caribe hispánico: perspectivas lingüísticas actuales. Frankfurt: Vervuert Verlag, 1999.
  • Holm et al. “The creole verb: a comparative study of stativity and time reference.” In J. McWhorter, ed. Language change and language contact in pidgins and Creoles. John Benjamins: Amsterdam, 2000.

Grants and Awards

  • Wenner-Gren Foundation predoctoral grant for dissertation research in the Dominican Republic (1994-1995)
  • CUNY-Caribbean Exchange Program travel grant to visit the Dominican Republic on a preliminary field trip for dissertation research (1994)
  • CUNY-Caribbean Exchange Program travel grant to participate in the VII Conferencia Lingüístico-Literaria: El español del Caribe. Santiago de Cuba (1992)
  • New York University. Linguistics Department fellowship (1988-1990)