Nominations

For more information about the nomination procedure, eligibility criteria, or deadline for a particular award, click on one of the links below. To nominate someone (including yourself) for any of these awards, please contact the LSA Secretariat. Nominations sent by postal mail should be sent to the Secretariat at the address found at the bottom of this page. E-mailed nominations may be sent to David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings, at drobinson@lsadc.org, with the words, "Nomination for [Name of award] Award" in the subject line.

Nominations must be accompanied by an endorsement letter outlining why the individual (or entity) should be recognized and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award. All awards, with the exception of the Student Abstract awards, are subject to approval by the LSA Executive Committee


Best Paper in Language Award
Early Career Award
Excellence in Community Linguistics Award 
Kenneth L. Hale Award
Leonard Bloomfield Book Award
Linguistics Journalism Award
Linguistic Service Award
Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award
Student Abstract Award
Victoria A. Fromkin Lifetime Service Award


Best Paper in Language Award

This award, made for the first time in 2012, is given for the best paper published in the journal in any given year. All papers published in a given year are eligible for review and then ranked by the Awards Committee. As per LSA policy, each paper must have at least one LSA member as an author.

Current Holder

2014 Judith Tonhauser, David Beaver, Craige Roberts and Mandy Simons “Toward a taxonomy of projective content,” appeared in Language Volume 89, No. 1 (2013)

Previous Holders

For a list of previous holders of the Best Paper in Language Award, click here.


Early Career Award

Instituted in 2010, this award recognizes scholars early in their career who have made outstanding contributions to the field of linguistics. The award provides travel reimbursement (up to $500) and complimentary registration for the next Annual Meeting. Nominators must be current LSA members.

Frequency: Annually, as nominations warrant.

Next Nomination Deadline: A nominating letter of no more than three pages and an updated curriculum vitae for the nominee must arrive at the Secretariat by 1 July, 2014 (email lsa@lsadc.org with the words "Early Career Award Nomination" in the subject line).

Eligibility: Any LSA member who received the Ph.D. degree no more than seven years before being nominated.

Current Holder

2014 Adrian Brasoveanu (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Previous Holders

For a list of previous holders of the Early Career Award, click here.


Excellence in Community Linguistics Award

The LSA invites nominations for a newly approved award, the Excellence in Community Linguistics Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions that members of language communities (typically outside the academic sphere of professional linguists) make for the benefit of their community’s language. The contributions made by awardees may be varied, including, among other things, documentation work with a linguist as a consultant and efforts towards language revitalization.

Frequency: Annually, as nominations warrant.

Next Nomination Deadline: A nominating packet for the nominee must arrive at the Secretariat by 1 July, 2014 (email lsa@lsadc.org with the words "Excellence in Community Linguistics Award Nomination" in the subject line).

Eligibility: Please refer to the official Call for Nominations for details regarding eligibility.

Current Holder: 

2014 Mary Ann Metallic (Listuguj Education Directorate – Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government)


Kenneth L. Hale Award

First presented in 2002, this award recognizes scholars who have done outstanding work on the documentation of a particular language or family of languages that is endangered or no longer spoken. Nominations must be accompanied by relevant supporting materials, such as copies of representative work. Nominators must be current LSA members.

Frequency: As nominations warrant

Next Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2014
Nominations must be accompanied by a copy of the work and any other supporting material.

Eligibility: All authors must be current members of the LSA and works should normally be no more than 15-20 years old.

Current Holder:

2014 Claire Bowern (Yale University)

Claire Bowern and her work is the embodiment of the qualities that the Linguistic Society of America would like to see in a Hale award winner. Claire has been involved with documentation of the Bardi language in Australia since 1999, beginning while she was still an undergraduate at Australia National University. She led an oral history project, producing a large corpus of the language. She has published academic material and community materials both, including a gazetteer, narratives, a dictionary, and a learners guide. The nomination letter says that ‘Claire Bowern and her work represent the true spirit of Ken’s devotion to endangered languages in particular and linguistics at large. Her work is an inspiration to all of us, and especially to young scholars in our field.’
This award is presented in recognition of exemplary work on the documentation of Bardi, a highly endangered language, with outstanding contributions to the community and to linguistics.

Previous Holders

For a list of previous holders of the Kenneth Hale award, click here.


Leonard Bloomfield Book Award

First presented in 1992, this award recognizes a volume that makes an outstanding contribution of enduring value to our understanding of language and linguistics. Nominations must be accompanied by a substantive endorsement letter (maximum 2 pages) that addresses the volume's exemplary scholarship, enduring value, novelty, empirical import, conceptual significance, and clarity. The endorsement letter should also include a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award.

This award is chosen by the LSA's Bloomfield Book Award Committee, which evaluates all books submitted and recommends one title to the Executive Committee, which must formally approve the recommendation.

Frequency: Annually

Next Nomination Deadline: 1 May 2014
Nominations must be accompanied by four copies of the book prior to the deadline. Publishers as well as LSA members may nominate a book for the Bloomfield Award.

Eligibility: All authors of nominated books should be current members of the LSA. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the selection committee for books whose authors are not all LSA members, such as books with co-authors who are native speaker language consultants who collaborated in the preparation of the book, but who are not otherwise part of the Linguistics community. In all cases, at least one author must be a member of the LSA. Book must be published after 28 February 2013 and before 31 May 2014.

Criteria: 

  • Novelty (says something that is not part of the published literature)
  • Empirical Import (claims made are empirically falsifiable)
  • Conceptual Significance (enriches overall understanding of the nature of human language)
  • Clarity (points are clearly formulated; text is reader-friendly)

Current Holder:

2014 Johnathan Bobaljik, Universals in Comparative Morphology: Suppletion, Superlatives and the Structure of Words, (MIT Press) 

Previous Holders:

For a list of previous holders of the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award, click here.



Linguistic Service Award

First presented in 2007, this award honors members of the LSA who have performed distinguished service to the Society. This service might take various forms, for example: Extended time devoted to tasks in the service of the Society. Extraordinary uncompensated service to the Society. Brief service resulting in substantial cost savings for the Society. Development of materials for publicizing the field or the activities of the Society. Nominees and nominators must be current LSA members.

Frequency: As nominations warrant

Next Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2014

Nominations must be accompanied by an endorsement letter outlining why the individual should be recognized and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award.

Eligibility: All nominees must be current LSA members.

Current Holder:

2013 David Lightfoot (Georgetown University), for his invaluable assistance in charting a course for the LSA’s publishing program. 

Previous Holders:

For a list of previous holders of the Linguistic Service Award, click here.


Linguistics Journalism Award

Newly established by the LSA in 2014, this award honors the journalist whose work best represents linguistics during the 12-month consideration period indicated in the call for nominations.The award will be based on a single news story or body of work that reflects accuracy and timeliness as regards the material but is also appealing to nonspecialist audiences.  The first call for nominations will be for the period covering June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014. The winner will be announced in November 2014, and the award presented at the LSA Annual Meeting in January, 2015. The winner will be provided with transportation, housing, and a per diem to be recognized at the Awards Ceremony. Selection of the award recipient will be made by a committee consisting of 2-3 members of the LSA Public Relations Committee (PRC), the Director of Communications, and the Executive Committee liaison to the PRC. 

Frequency: As nominations warrant

Next Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2014
Nominations must be accompanied by a digital file and/or URL of the news story and any other supporting material.

Eligibility: Nominations may be submitted by any individual or entity that wishes to do so, including members of the award selection committee. The news story must have been presented/published during the time period specified in the call for nominations. Nominations are particularly encouraged from LSA members, news organizations, journalists, and public relations professionals.



Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award

First presented in 1997, this award honors an individual or group for work that effectively increases public awareness and understanding of linguistics and language. Works in any medium are eligible, including books, documentary films, software, and lectures. Nominees need not be LSA members. Nominators must be current LSA members. In order to be considered, individuals must have published, presented, or aired some representative work during the four years immediately preceding the deadline for the receipt of entries. Note that, because an individual's representative work is eligible for four years, work could be considered in more than one award cycle. Entries should include a letter of nomination and copies of the representative work. They may also be accompanied by evidence of the work's impact (e.g. letters of commendation, news coverage, public notices). Four copies of all materials are required. The awardee is invited to attend and, if appropriate, to present the work at the Annual Meeting.

Frequency: As nominations warrant

Next Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2014
Nominations must be accompanied by four copies of the work prior to the deadline.

Eligibility: works in any medium are eligible, e.g. books, documentary films, articles in popular magazines, software, or lecture series but must have been published, presented, or aired during the four years immediately prior to the nomination.

Criteria:

  • Works must have had a demonstrable impact on public awareness of language and/or linguistics.

Current Holder:

2014 Donna Jo Napoli (Swarthmore College)

Previous Holders:

For a list of previous holders of the Linguistics, Language, and Public Award, click here.


Student Abstract Award

Instituted in 2010, this award provides $500 for the best abstract submitted by a student for a paper or poster presentation at the next Annual Meeting, and $300 for the submitters of the abstracts rated second and third. Every student who submits an abstract for the Annual Meeting is automatically considered for this award; no nominations are required. All abstracts submitted for the annual meeting are rated, blindly, by external reviewers and the LSA Program Committee. Once abstracts have been accepted, the LSA Staff (who have access to information about abstract submitters) will determine which student abstracts were most highly rated. In case of a tie, the Awards Committee members will read the abstracts and select the winner and the two runners-up. The awardees will be publicly announced as soon as they have been selected, and will be recognized in the Handbook for the Annual Meeting.

Frequency: Annually

Eligibility: every student who submits an abstract for the Annual Meeting is automatically considered for this award; no nominations are required.

Current Holders:

2014 Patrick Jones (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for “Cyclic evaluation of post-lexical prosodic domains: evidence from Kinande boundary tones”

          Matthew Faytak (University of California, Berkeley) for “Chain shifts, strident vowels, and expanded vowel spaces”

          Hope E. Morgan (University of California, San Diego) for “The emergence of syntax in Kenyan Sign Language: Constituent order and space.” 

Previous Holders:

For a list of previous holders of the Student Abstract Award, click here.


Victoria A. Fromkin Lifetime Service Award

First presented in 2001 as the "Victoria A. Fromkin Prize for Distinguished Service", this award recognizes individuals who have performed extraordinary service to the discipline and to the Society throughout their career. Nominees and nominators must be current LSA members.

Frequency: As nominations warrant

Next Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2014
Nominations must be accompanied by an endorsement letter outlining why the individual should be recognized and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award.

Eligibility: all nominees must be current members of the LSA.

Current Holder:

2014 Stephen R. Anderson (Yale University)

Previous Holders:

For a list of previous holders of the Victoria A. Fromkin Lifetime Service Award, click here.