Nominations for the Awards Committee are solicited every spring.  


Established in 2009. Subsumes the Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award Committee.

The Awards Committee deals with awards other than the Bloomfield Book Award, the Excellence in Community Linguistics Award, the Linguistics Journalism Award, the Dayton, Baker and Halle Awards, the Student Abstract Awards and the Fromkin Prize. (As of 2023, it will no longer review nominations for the Linguistics, Language and the Public Award, which will be handled instead by the Public Relations Committee.) It considers nominations for all other awards and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee about awards to be made.  When nominations are presented for any of these awards, the Committee evaluates them, and may or may not recommend a candidate for any or all of these awards to the Executive Committee, which must formally approve the recommendation(s).


Nominations for awards under the committee's purview must be submitted to the Secretariat by 15 September, for all but the Best Paper in Language Award. The Committee does not determine the winners of selected awards excluded above, but presents all LSA Awards themselves at the Annual Meeting.  

Membership (by invitation)

To express interest in receiving an invitation to serve on this committee, please contact the Secretariat staff.

  • The most recent Immediate Past President (Chair).
  • A member of the Executive Committee in the third year of service.
  • Two other members of the Society are appointed for staggered two-year terms.
  • The current Bloch Fellow may also serve on this committee.
  • A past member of the LSA's Executive Committee, ideally one who has served as a Liaison to either the Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics or the Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics.

Previous awardees should be considered as potential committee members.

Any member of the Committee who feels him/herself to be in a position of possible conflict of interest (such as sponsorship of work, principal consultant, colleague of contestant, etc.) should make this known to the other members of the Committee at the onset.

Committee Members, 2023

  • John Baugh, Washington University, St. Louis, Chair (2023)
  • Sonja Lanehart, University of Arizona (2023)
  • Megan Crowhurst, University of Texas at Austin (2023)
  • Georgia Zellou, UC Davis (2024)
  • Eric Potsdam, University of Florida (2025)
  • Student representative: Saki Gejo (2024)

Executive Committee Liaison: Sonja Lanehart

Staff Liaison: Vy Le