Nominations

For more information about an individual award, click on one of the links below. Nominations for LSA Awards and Honors are open and invited early each year up until the deadline specified below.  Exceptions are the Best Paper in Language Award (all articles published in Language are automatically eligible), the Excellence in Community Linguistics Award (which has its own procedure), the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award (which has its own deadline and committee), the Linguistics Journalism Award (which has its own deadline and review committee), and the Student Abstract Award (all Annual Meeting abstracts authored solely by students are automatically eligible). 

The Awards Nomination deadline is September 15th.  If the nominator seeks assistance in preparing a successful nomination they may contact the chair of the Awards Commitee. 

Click on one of the links below for descriptions of the individual awards, and to submit a nomination, and note that, with few exceptions, nominees must be current members of the LSA.  Nominations of women and underrepresented ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged.

 Nominations will not be carried over from year to year, however, nominations can be resubmitted in the following year.  

Note: Nominations for sitting members of the LSA Executive Committee (EC) will not be considered.  If a member of the Executive Committee was unsuccessfully nominated for an award prior to beginning their service, their nomination will not be considered while they are serving on the EC. 

All awards, with the exception of the Student Abstract awards, are subject to approval by the LSA Executive Committee.

[Pictured above right: Shelly (Rochelle) Lieber, Ingo Plag & Laurie Bauer, The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology, which received the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award in 2015. Photo Credit: Katharine Kimball]

Quick Links to each Award:

Arnold Zwicky Award

Best Paper in Language Award

C.L. Baker Award

Early Career Award

Elizabeth Dayton 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

Mentoring Award

Morris Halle Memorial Award for Faculty Excellence in Phonology 

Student Abstract Award

Victoria A. Fromkin Lifetime Service Award

Victoria A. Fromkin Memorial Prize for Student Excellence in Phonology

 

Arnold Zwicky Award

This award, given for the first time in 2021, is intended to recognize the contributions of LGBTQ+ scholars in Linguistics, and is named for Arnold Zwicky, the first out LGBTQ+ President of the LSA. The winner will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at the LSA Annual Meeting.  Beginning in 2022, as part of the Award, the Award winner will receive a one year free membership to the LSA. 

Frequency:  Annually, as nominations warrant.

Next Nomination Deadline: September 15, 2022. 

Eligibility: The Zwicky Award recognizes LGBTQ+ linguists who have made significant contributions to the discipline, the society, or the wider LGBTQ+ community through scholarship, outreach, service, and/or teaching. Eligible applicants will be current members of the LSA and identify within the LGBTQ+ community. Eligibility is open to applicants at any career stage.

The prize is intended to recognize distinguished accomplishments by LGBTQ+ scholars, whether working directly on LGBTQ+ issues in language or not. Nominations will be considered based on excellence in one or more of the following areas, focusing on the most recent 3-5 year period:

  • Scholarship, including presentations, reports, and publications
  • Outreach outside academia, including podcasts, interviews, and journalistic publications
  • Service to the LGBTQ+ community, including activist and advocacy work, organizing, and mentorship
  • Teaching, including excellence in course design, creation of teaching materials, and sharing teaching expertise with others
  • Other information relevant to their work as an LGBTQ+ scholar in Linguistics

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Current Holder: 

Kirby Conrod (Swarthmore College)

The award citation below was prepared by the Zwicky nominating committee:

"For their contributions to linguistic research and pedagogy on the changing use of pronouns; for fostering inclusivity and belongingness within and beyond the LSA for people whose pronouns have changed or are novel; and for their far-reaching public educational efforts about gender diversity, pronouns, and inclusive LGBTQ+ language practices."


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. Associate Editors of Language are invited to recommend specific articles in their areas of expertise for priority review by the Awards Committee. As per LSA policy, each paper must have at least one LSA member as an author.

Current Holder:

Kendra Calhoun (University of California), Anne Charity Hudley (Stanford University), Mary Bucholtz (University of California, Santa Barbara), Jazmine Exford (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Brittney Johnson (Pepperdine University)

“Attracting Black students to linguistics through a Black-centered Introduction to Linguistics course.” Volume 97, Number 1

The above paper has launched an essential conversation about how to structure inclusiveness into our curricula. This article is especially timely as inclusion of all kinds is a crucial issue facing linguistics now. Indeed, linguistics as a field can only benefit from the introspective consideration of instructional practices that the authors display through their innovative course design aimed at building diversity of audience and expanding the reach of linguistics instruction.  The authors forefront the most in-depth actual recruitment strategies directed toward one of the least-represented groups in all of linguistics, thereby providing actionable information for the thriving of our discipline. 

(From left: Brittney Johnson, Anne Charity Hudley, Kendra Calhoun, Mary Bucholtz, Jazmine Exford)

Previous Holders:

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


C.L. Baker Award

This award, given for the first time in 2020, is intended to honor the legacy of the late C. L. Baker (1939-1997) and is funded by a generous gift from his family.  The winner receives a $500 honorarium and will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at the LSA Annual Meeting. 

Frequency:  Every second year - next award 2024 Annual Meeting. 

Next Nomination Deadline: More information coming soon. 

Eligibility: The C.L. Baker Award recognizes excellence in research in the area of syntactic theory on the part of a scholar who is at the mid-point of a distinguished career.  The typical nominee will be at least 3 years beyond tenure and will  be on the brink of being promoted to the next major rank past the tenure point -- full Professor at many universities, perhaps different in the case of institutions which use the title Professor at the point of tenure.  Scholars very recently promoted to that rank are not excluded.  The typical nominee will thus be 10-20 years beyond the dissertation. Nominees should be members of the LSA at the time the prize is awarded.

The prize is intended to recognize a distinguished and still unfolding research record in syntax, one which meets the following criteria:

  •  it has had significant impact,
  •  it is forward-looking and innovative,
  •  it is empirically careful, and
  •  it engages the larger intellectual context for research on human language and goes beyond the merely technical in its analyses and proposals.

Current Holder:

Vera Gribanova (Stanford University)

Vera Gribanova has made lasting empirical and theoretical contributions in the central area of how the internal structure of words relates to principles of syntactic and semantic composition. Her research establishes important new connections among ellipsis, movement, and word formation, and draws conclusions which force us to rethink the division of labor across the components of grammar. Her work draws on a rich foundation of field and corpus-centered research on Russian and on Uzbek (a radically under-studied language), and deepens our understanding of both. Professor Gribanova has as a consequence emerged as a leading figure in Slavic and Turkic linguistics, while contributing to important theoretical advances in the field as a whole. 

Previous Holders:

For a list of previous holders of the C.L. Baker 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: September 15, 2022. 

Eligibility: Eligible for nomination in this year’s award cycle are those LSA members who received their Ph.D. between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2022. (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.)

The letter of nomination (to be submitted in sections via the online form) should include the following, as appropriate:

  • evidence of satisfying eligibility criteria
  • discussion of scholarly products and evaluation of their importance/significance. Mention breadth of (sub)field(s) that are impacted and depth of impact in specific subfields
  • discussion of publication quality and rate, in comparison to other linguists at that career stage
  • evidence of original thinking: of having gone beyond dissertation work into different/cutting edge areas, and/or of having explored new approaches to old problems
  • discussion of contributions to public awareness and exposure to linguistics
  • discussion of contributions to the field (conference planning, service to local and national organizations, etc.)
  • discussion of contributions to language community or communities
  • discussion of contributions to workplace, university/departmental life, if appropriate

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Current Holder:

Charles B. Chang (Boston University) and Amy Rose Deal (U.C. Berkeley)

Charles B. Chang is recognized  "...for contributions to the understanding of bilingual sound systems and cross-linguistic interactions, phonetic drift, and language learning over the lifespan, and to fostering diversity and inclusion within linguistics". 

Amy Rose Deal established herself early on as a leader in the subfield of cross-linguistic semantics, and a gifted theoretician whose bold, methodologically innovative, and influential research straddles both syntax and semantics. Taking aim at the some of the deepest, most difficult questions, Deal articulates her proposals with a compelling, forcefully distinctive voice paralleled by few. Her groundbreaking work with Nez Perce, her careful and prodigious writing, her tightly-woven presentations, and her meticulous empirical contributions reflect a maturity and clarity expected of a researcher well beyond her early career stage, and serve as inspiration to junior and senior researchers alike.

(from left: Charles B. Chang and Amy Rose Deal)

 

Previous Holders:

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

 


Elizabeth Dayton Award

First established in 2019, the Elizabeth Dayton Award is a travel award for graduate students pursuing a specialization in sociolinguistics to attend the LSA Annual Meeting. The award will cover registration, travel, lodging, and per diem costs subject to the earnings of the initial endowment over the prior 12-month period. 

Frequency: Annually, as applications warrant.

Next Nomination Deadline: September 15, 2022. 

Eligibility: Applicants must attest that they meet the basic criteria for the award – are LSA members, are graduate students, and are pursuing a course of studies with a specialization in sociolinguistics – and will submit a CV, a transcript, and a statement of 250 words or less detailing how winning the Dayton Award will enhance their scholarly career as evidence of a distinguished level of scholastic achievement.

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Current Holder:

Peter Torres (U.C. Davis)

Peter studies the roles of various discourse features in written policies and their local enactments. His current work draws on prosodic- and corpus-based discourse analytic approaches to uncover the language policymakers use to address the opioid crisis and how physicians and patients discursively negotiate, reinterpret, and enact such policies in consultations. His research sheds light on policymakers' use of modality to reconfigure the interpretive spaces in which policy actors could act,  physicians' use of face-work to mitigate the semantic weight that comes with enacting restrictive policies, and patients' use of register shifting to express chronic pain, narrate symptoms, and request opioids.

For a list of previous holders of the Elizabeth Pine Dayton Award, click here.


Excellence in Community Linguistics Award

First established in 2013, 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: September 15, 2022. 

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

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Current Holder: 

Brenda McKenna and Cora McKenna

Brenda McKenna and Dr. Cora McKenna are members of Nambé Pueblo in New Mexico who have made outstanding contributions towards the documentation and revitalization of their language, Nambé Tewa. These contributions include a dictionary and curriculum materials, language classes, community activities and resources, and team-building with Pueblo members and UNM linguists. Cora is a scholar who has demonstrated particular brilliance in linguistic analysis and teaching of her native Tewa. Brenda is a remarkably focused and energetic project leader. Together, they define collaborative community linguistics: their dedication to the revitalization of Tewa language and culture is a model and inspiration.

 

Previous Holders:

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: September 15, 2022.  

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

The letter of nomination should include detailed description of the nominee’s contributions, as appropriate:

  • description of documentation products (books, dictionaries, grammars, articles, etc.)
  • evaluation of quality of the scholar's work
  • discussion of status of language being documented, evidence of endangerment/extinction; evaluation of relative need for documentation
  • discussion of commitment to the language and its speakers
  • importance of work to public, the language community, and scholars

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Current Holder:

Felicity Meakins (University of Queensland, Australia)

Under the direction of First Nations communities, Felicity Meakins has worked for 20 years in northern Australia, leading teams of community members, students, postdocs, artists, musicologists and biologists to document Ngumpin-Yapa languages. Together with these collaborators, she has compiled 17 volumes of dictionaries, grammars, ethnobiologies, text collections and academic monographs. This work culminated in a field methods textbook in 2018. She has also written over 60 papers on language endangerment and change in Australia, in particular the development of new Australian languages, such as Gurindji Kriol. Meakins’ projects have dedicated over $US3.3M to the documentation of First Nation languages in Australia, with the aim of honouring these languages, recognising new ways of speaking by younger generations and providing First Nations communities with guiding principles for language revitalisation.

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 address the volume's exemplary scholarship, enduring value, novelty, empirical import, conceptual significance, and clarity, and 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 2022

Nominations must be accompanied by five copies of the book prior to the deadline. Publishers as well as LSA members may nominate a book for the Bloomfield Award. Nominations may be submitted here.

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 between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

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:

Mary Kohn (Kansas State University), Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State University), Charlie Farrington (Virginia Tech), Jennifer Renn (Purdue University), and Janneke Van Hofwegen (Google) for African American Language (Cambridge University Press). 

African American Language, by Kohn, Wolfram, Farrington, Renn, and Van Hofwegen, makes a remarkable and unique contribution to the study of African American language, contributing substantially to our understanding of how children construct identity, negotiate status and relationships, and transition across life stages by means of and as represented by their language. The book’s meticulous longitudinal methodology provides unprecedented insight into the real-time implementation of change and the spread of innovation across the community. In its minute examination of language development from infancy to adulthood of sixty-seven African American children, this study provides a precise description of the effects of caretakers’ influence, peer influence on language development, and the relationship between AAL and early literacy. Perhaps even more importantly, it provides a new model for sociolinguistic and socio-historical analysis of African American and other speech communities: it demonstrates that not only should demographic factors be taken into consideration on a synchronic level, but also trends that exist in the community of practice on a diachronic level, trends which are adopted and expanded to varying degrees by young speakers and which are often detectable only through longitudinal analysis. This work contributes substantially to various fields of linguistic inquiry: African  American linguistics, sociolinguistics, developmental linguistics, historical and socio-historical analysis.  The LSA congratulates the authors for their impressive, groundbreaking achievement. 

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; or 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: September 15, 2022. 

Eligibility: All nominees must be current LSA members.

The letter of nomination should include the following, as appropriate:

  • discussion of career history, particularly as relevant to linguistic service
  • discussion of service to the LSA: (e.g. committee participation, promotion efforts, office service). Specific details of contributions and time commitments are helpful.
  • discussion of contributions to language and linguistics beyond the LSA

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Current Holder:

Linguistics Beyond Academia Special Interest Group

Nancy Frishberg, Alexandra Johnston, Emily Pace, Susan Steele, and Laurel Sutton executed the first-ever career boot camp for linguists, providing extraordinary uncompensated service of over 1500 hours of labor to the LSA, its individual members, and the field of Linguistics. The 2021 Linguistics Career Launch was a 4-week, intensive, international conference with over 120 scheduled content hours that provided guidance, mentoring and professional development for linguists seeking careers in business, government, nonprofit and technical organizations. LCL21 addressed the employment gap for people with linguistics degrees and represented the largest gathering of “career linguists” to date. The LSA recognizes this accomplishment with gratitude and deep appreciation. 

(From left: Susan Steele, Alexandra Johnston, Emily Pace, Laurel Sutton, and Nancy Frishberg)

Previous Holders:

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


Linguistics Journalism Award

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 is 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 call for nominations is typically for the period covering June 1st through May 31st of the prior and current year (see nomination deadline information below). 

Selection of the award recipient will be made by a committee consisting of 2-3 members of the LSA Public Relations Committee (PRC) and the Executive Committee liaison to the PRC. 

Frequency: As nominations warrant

Next Nomination Deadline: July 1, 2022.

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.

The letter of nomination should include the following, as appropriate:

  • Significance of the story or body of work which is the basis of the nomination
  • Accessibility of the work to non-specialist audiences

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Current Holder:

Allyson Waller (The New York Times)

Allyson Waller is a very talented young journalist who has gone to great lengths to fully and accurately report on the findings of linguistic research and their implications for minority language communities. As shown in her January 23, 2021 NY Times article, “Black, Deaf, and Extremely Online,” she practiced cultural humility by making exceptional efforts to respect the usage preferences of the language community about which she writes. Her article, and the attention it has received, has contributed to bringing recognition and respect to African American Deaf signers and to Black ASL, the language variety developed in the segregated schools of the American South in the pre-Civil Rights era. Ms. Waller exemplifies the very highest standards of journalistic integrity and accuracy.

Previous Holder:

For a list of previous holders of the Linguistics Journalism Award, click here.


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. For works of journalism, particularly news stories, blog posts, and magazine articles, a nomination for the LSA Linguistics Journalism Award may be more appropriate. 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. Nominations must present evidence of the work's impact (e.g. letters of commendation, news coverage, public notices). The awardee is invited to attend and, if appropriate, to present the work at the Annual Meeting.

Frequency: As nominations warrant

Next Nomination Deadline: September 15, 2022. 

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.

The letter of nomination should include the following, as appropriate:

  • describe the work that increases public awareness of language and linguistics;
  • evidence that the work has had a demonstrable impact on public awareness of language and/or linguistics.

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Current Holder:

Robert Bayley (U.C. Davis), Joseph Hill (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Carolyn McCaskill and Ceil Lucas (Gallaudet University)

The Black ASL Project is exemplary in increasing public awareness and understanding of linguistics and to sociohistorical factors contributing to BASL. The work effectively increases public awareness of language use in African American communities, and it inspires communities to work to continue to celebrate and maintain BASL. That work inspires movement from awareness to action—the kind of impact linguistics should have in communities all over the world! In a word, it is an excellent example of work by linguists that informs the public. 

(From left: Joseph Hill, Ceil Lucas, Carolyn McCaskill, and Robert Bayley)

Previous Holders:

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


Mentoring Award

Instituted in 2019, this award recognizes the work of individuals who, or organizations that, have exhibited a sustained commitment to mentoring linguists.  Specific types of mentoring to be considered include assisting mentees to present and publish their work, and to find financial aid;  providing career guidance;  providing support, encouragement, and essential strategies for life in the linguistics community; and demonstrating continued interest in the mentee’s professional advancement.  Particular emphasis will be placed, when considering nominations, on mentoring a diverse pool of mentees; sustained mentoring efforts over many years; and mentoring of early career linguists.

Frequency: Annually, as nominations warrant.

Next Nomination Deadline: September 15, 2022.

Eligibility: Any individual or organization meeting the nomination criteria.  Nominators must be LSA members. 

The final nomination should include the following, as appropriate:

  • description of mentorship activities and research; mentor programs and activities; target audiences; and outcomes where appropriate
  • where appropriate, indication of how the nominee’s work resulted in departmental and/or institutional change in terms of the granting of degrees to underrepresented students
  • list of individuals mentored
  • letter(s) of support from colleagues (for individuals) or stakeholders (or organizations)

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Current Holder:

Richard Meier (University of Texas, Austin)

Professor Meier’s lifetime of outstanding mentoring has touched a wide range of people, including his senior and junior colleagues, his postdocs and his students, including his senior and junior colleagues, his postdocs and his students, many of whom have gone on to highly distinguished careers in linguistics. Throughout his four-decade career, Professor Meier has provided extraordinary service to the academic and the wider community, and has contributed significantly to making the field of Linguistics more inclusive and more relevant, especially through his work with signed languages and with members of the Deaf community.

Previous Holders:

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


Morris Halle Memorial Award for Faculty Excellence in Phonology

First established in 2021, the Morris Halle Award for Faculty Excellence in Phonology will be used to defray expenses associated with participation in the LSA’s Annual Meeting. It will be awarded for outstanding scholarship in phonology by an early career faculty member in linguistics.  All Early Career/pre-tenure faculty will be considered for this Award.  

Frequency: Annually

Next Nomination Deadline: September 15, 2022. 

Eligibility: Nominators and nominees must attest that they meet the basic criteria for the award that 1) they both are LSA members and 2) the nominee is an Early Career Phonologist. The nomination must include a CV, 2 papers of representative work, responses to questions related to the nominees significant impact of outstanding scholarship in phonology, forward looking and innovative character of the nominee's work in phonology, and empirical rigor of the nominee's scholarship in phonology.   The nomination must include a citation statement to be read at the Award Ceremony if the nomination is selected.

This award is endowed with much gratitude by LSA Life Member Robert Vago (Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY), who earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA (1970) and his PhD at Harvard (1974).

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Current Holder: 

Juliet Stanton (New York University)

With this award, the LSA recognizes in Stanton’s research the linguistic spirit of Morris Halle: her work is fundamental and far-reaching, rigorous and comprehensive, deep and broad. She leads the field in redefining what it means to do Phonology. By combining analysis with experiments and computational modeling in the service of theory, she has reinvigorated the field of phonological typology. By exhausting the available data, she sets a new bar for empirical depth. All those that worked with Morris will be hearing in their heads his voice proclaiming, “You gotta read this paper by Juliet!” Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.


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:

 

First Prize:   Aron Finholt (University of Kansas) for "States and Possession in Mashi: A Novel Argument for Decomposing have"

Second Prize:  Josh Phillips (Yale University) for "Cyclicity, narrativity and Djambarrpuyŋu tense"

Third Prize:  Caitlin Coons (University of Texas at Austin) for "Relative Clause Typology Across Signed and Spoken Languages"

 

 

 

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: September 15, 2022. 

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

The letter of nomination should include the following, as appropriate:

  • discussion of service to the LSA
  • discussion of unusual contributions to LSA’s success
  • evidence of extraordinary commitment to LSA, its staff, and its members
  • evidence of sustained contributions

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Current Holder:

Joan Maling (Brandeis University)

Dr. Joan Maling has served linguistics and the LSA well, including as a Fellow and Past President of the LSA. Her service includes editing Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, mentoring early career linguists, supporting endangered languages and expanding the kinds of public engagement that linguists do. Her work as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation on behalf of the Linguistics and Documenting Endangered Languages Programs advanced the discipline by funding linguists at every career stage. She is an inspiring mentor who helps people do their best, a most worthy recipient of the Victoria A. Fromkin Lifetime Service Award.

Previous Holders:

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

External Honors and Awards:

For information about external honors and awards for linguists, such as NASEM, please visit this page.

Victoria Fromkin Memorial Prize for Student Excellence in Phonology

First established in 2021, the Victoria Fromkin Memorial Prize for Student Excellence in Phonology will be used to defray expenses (up to $500) associated with participation in the LSA’s Annual Meeting. It will be awarded for outstanding scholarship in phonology by a linguistics graduate student.

Frequency: Annually

Next Nomination Deadline:September 15, 2022.  

Eligibility: Nominators and nominees must attest that they meet the basic criteria for the award that 1) they both are LSA members and 2) the nominee is a graduate student pursuing a course of studies in phonology. The nomination must include a CV, one paper of representative work (a second paper is optional), complete the questions in the nomination form which are:

  • discussion of significant impact of the nominee's outstanding scholarship in phonology;
  • discussion of forward-looking and innovative character of the nominee's work in phonology; and 
  • discussion of empirical rigor of the nominee's scholarship in phonology.
  • The application must also include a statement of support from an advisor. 

The nomination must include a citation statement to be read at the Award Ceremony if the nomination is selected. 

This award is endowed with much gratitude by LSA Life Member Robert Vago (Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY), who earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA (1970) and his PhD at Harvard (1974).

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Current Holder: 

Casey Ferrara (University of Chicago)

Casey Ferrara's work on sign languages recognizes that meaning is encoded in form, and instead of stating that fact and then skirting around it to other matters, she hones in on it, indeed, revels in it -- bringing sign phonology into the waters of phonetics made murky by semantics. She shines lights through this world of strange creatures, like a scuba diver -- lights from mathematics, biomechanics, visual perception, cognitive and dynamic coordination -- allowing her to reveal the phonological patterns and help the field of sign phonology swim forward.