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

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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

Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

“Asymmetries in the prosodic phrasing of function words: Another look at the suffixing preference,” appeared in Language Volume 90, No. 4 (2014)

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, 2015 (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 ten years before being nominated.  (When the Early Career Award was instituted, the time limit was seven years.  It was raised to ten years in 2015, to take effect with the 2016 award.)

Current Holder

2015 Lev Michael (University of California, Berkeley)

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, 2015 (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: 

2015 Muriel Fisher (Tucson Gaelic Institute)

Muriel Fisher has devoted her life to the teaching, preservation, promotion and documentation of Scottish Gaelic. Her connections to her community on the Isle of Skye have inspired lapsed speakers to renew their commitment to their language; she has brought hundreds of second language learners to fluency; and she has been the key player in creating documentary and pedagogical materials, constructing experimental studies and facilitating theoretical analyses of Gaelic.

Previous Holder:

For a list of previous holders of the Excellence in Community Linguistics Award, click here.


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 2015
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:

2015 Anvita Abbi (Jawarhalal Nehru University, Emerita)

Professor Anvita Abbi of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi has devoted decades of work to documenting the minority languages of India, evaluating their status, and training students in fieldwork and language documentation. She is perhaps best known for her recent outstanding work on the Great Andamanese language, a language on the verge of extinction. She has compiled a rich record of the language, including a dictionary, a grammar, and book on ethno‐ornithology.

This work brought with it great challenges, with few speakers and difficult living conditions. Her nominator speaks of her Herculean achievement in carrying out documentation of a previously barely documented language to this level of sophistication and comprehensiveness, commenting on how it rings of Ken Hale’s values.

For outstanding lifetime contributions to the documentation and description of languages of India, with particular note of her extraordinary contributions to the documentation of the Great Andamanese language, a moribund language that is a key isolate in understanding the peopling of Asia and Oceania.

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 2015
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 2014 and before 31 May 2015.

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:

2015 Laurie Bauer, Rochelle Lieber, and Ingo Plag

The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology (Oxford University Press, 2013)

The depth and the amount of research that has gone into this work are impressive. The care and thoroughness with which the authors present the corpus-based data are exemplary, and their decision to downplay theory while including copious helpful references to a wide number of synchronic approaches is commendable. This work will of value to scholars of all sorts who study English, providing analytical bases for later work, data for classroom problems, and rich material for browsing. It is also a fine example of international collaboration between leading morphologists from three continents.

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 2015

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:

2015 Jim Bauman (Center for Applied Linguistics, Retired)

For exemplary volunteer service to the LSA Secretariat in enhancing the Society’s collaborative partnerships, communications, technical infrastructure, and advocacy on behalf of the field of linguistics.

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 2015
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.

Current Holder:

2015 Ben Zimmer (Vocabulary.com)

In addition to serving as the Wall Street Journal's language columnist, Ben Zimmer has written articles on linguistic topics for The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Slate's Lexicon Valley blog, and many other popular publications. His work bringing linguistic knowledge to the public is prolific, entertaining, and well-researched, informed by his own linguistic background. Ben Zimmer is an ideal choice for the first LSA Linguistics Journalism Award.



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 2015
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:

2015 Jason Zentz (Yale University): "The composite derivation of Shona partial wh-movement“

         Danielle Barth (University of Oregon): "Reduction in Child Speech, Child-Directed Speech and Inter-Adult Speech“

         Bryan Rosen (University of Wisconsin-Madison):  "Diagnosing Direct Modification in Hocąk"

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 2015
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.