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 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
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

2013 Bruce HayesColin Wilson and Anne Shisko "Maxent Grammars for the Metrics of Shakespeare and Milton," appeared in Language Vol 88, No. 4 (2012)


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

2013 Jon Sprouse (University of California, Irvine)

New!  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)

Previous Holders

2012 Nancy Dorian (Bryn Mawr College, Emerita) for her work on East Sutherland Gaelic. Read more...

2011 Nicholas Evans (Australian National University) Read more...

2006 Robert W. Young, The Navajo language (with Willie Morgan, 1980, 1987) and supplementary volume, The Analytic lexicon of Navajo (with Sally Midgette, 1992). Read more...

2002 Ives Goddard and Kathleen Bragdon, Native Writings in Massachusett (APS, 1988). Read more...


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:

2013  Victor Golla, California Indian Languages, (University of California Press) Click here to see the remarks from a special presentation of the Bloomfield award given to Victor Golla.

2012 Jack Martin, A Grammar of Creek (Muskogee) (University of Nebraska Press) Read more...

2011 Hans Boas, The Life and Death of Texas German (Duke University Press, for the American Dialect Society) Read more...

2010 Pamela Munro and Catherine Willmond, Let's Speak Chickasaw, Chikashshanompa' Kilanompoli' Read more...

2009 Virginia Yip and Stephen Matthews, The Bilingual Child: Early Development and Language Contact (Cambridge, 2007) Read more...

2008 William Labov, Sharon Ash, and Charles Boberg, The Atlas of North American English (Mouton de Gruyter, 2006) Read more...

2006 R. M. W. Dixon, The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia (Oxford University Press) Read more...

2004 Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum et al., The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Cambridge University Press) Read more...

2002 Marianne Mithun, The Languages of Native North America (Cambridge University Press) Read more...

2000 Lyle Campbell, American Indian Languages: The Historical Linguistics of Native America (Oxford University Press) Read more...

1998 Alice C. Harris and Lyle Campbell, Historical Syntax in Cross-Linguistic Perspective (Cambridge University Press) Read more...

1996 William Labov, Principles of Linguistic Change: Internal Factors (Blackwell Publishers) Read more...

1994 Johanna Nichols, Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time (University of Chicago Press) Read more...

1992 Keren Rice, A Grammar of Slave (Mouton de Gruyter) Read more...


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:

2012 Paul Newman (Indiana University) for the many years of pro bono legal advice he has given in his capacity as Special Counsel to the Society. Read more...

2010 Ethan Poole, for donating many hours of his time as the volunteer webmaster for the LSA's website. Read more...

2009 Deborah Anderson for her services to the Society and the discipline as LSA liaison to the Unicode Consortium and director of the Script Encoding Initiative.

2009 Katha Kissman for her services to the Society, first as consultant and later as Interim Executive Director.

2008 Mary Catherine O'Connor, for exemplary service to the Society in her capacity as Co-Chair of the Program Committee. Read more...

2007 Kristen Syrett In recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the Society as the Bloch Fellow and as a member of the Information Technology Advisory Group (ITAG) Read more...


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, newspaper or magazine articles, 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, newspaper articles, 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:

2012 Leanne Hinton (University of California, Berkeley, Emerita) for her tireless efforts in furthering the work of revitalization among indigenous Native American language communities. Read more...

2011 North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) Read more...

2010 Walt Wolfram, whose North Carolina Language and Life Project models sociolinguistic engagement and public outreach about the value and beauty of linguistic diversity. Read more...

2009 Language Log, a collaborative science blog devoted to linguistics and written by a team of more than a dozen prominent linguists. Read more...

2007 Earl Rick Rickerson, producer of the radio series, "Talkin' about Talk, Year of Languages in the U.S". Read more...

2005 Deborah Tannen, who through her writing and public speaking has promoted the visibility of language and linguistics as part of the national culture for over 20 years. Read more...

2003 John Rickford, co-author of Spoken Soul (John Wiley, 2000) and author of substantive contributions to discussions surrounding Ebonics and AAVE. Read more...

2001 Geoffrey Nunberg, commentator on the NPR program Fresh Air. Read more...

1999 Eugene Searchinger, producer of The Human Language, a public television series of three films distributed in 1995. Read more...

1997 Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct (William Morrow, 1994). Read more...


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:

2013 John Sylak (University of California, Berkeley) The Phonetic Properties of Voiced Stops Descended from Nasals in Ditidaht

        Marc Garellek (University of California, Los Angeles) for Prominence vs. phrase-initial strengthening of voice quality

        Josef Fruehwald (University of Pennsylvania) for Differentiating Phonetically and Phonologically Conditioned Sound Change

2012 Jennifer Wilson, University at Buffalo ("Evidence for Infixation after the First Syllable: Data from a Papuan Language"); Second place: M. Ryan Bochnak, University of Chicago ("Cross-linguistic variation in degree semantics: The case of Washo")

2011 Joshua Jensen (University of Texas at Arlington), Jason Grafmiller and Stephanie Shih (Stanford), and Hannah Haynie (Berkeley)


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:

2011 Donna Christian (Center for Applied Linguistics) Read more...

2010 Dr. D. Terence Langendoen, who has served the LSA in every elective office, on numerous committees, including the Program Committee and the Editorial Board of Language, and as Director of the 1986 Linguistic Institute. Read more...

2007 N. Louanna Furbee is an outstanding recipient of the Victoria A. Fromkin award for service to the Linguistic Society of America and to the profession. Read more...

2006 Margaret W. Reynolds, Executive Director, Linguistic Society of America Read more...

2005 Ivan Sag, who for over 30 years has contributed to the organizational and financial success of the Society and especially to the development of Linguistic Institutes. Read more...

2004 Eugene Nida, who has not only been a member of the Society for over 60 years but who has served as Vice President (1960) and President (1968) and as financial/investment advisor for more than 30 years. Read more...

2003 Anthony Aristar and Helen Dry, for establishing LinguistList. Read more...

2002 Kathleen Fenton, for her professional contributions to the editing of the journal Language for the last 30 years. Read more...

2001 Paul Chapin, for his support of colleagues and the discipline in his role as Linguistics Program Director at NSF for over 30 years. Read more...