Nominations

For more information about an individual award, click on one of the links below.  Preliminary nominations for LSA Awards and Honors are invited throughout the year up until the deadline specified below. Preliminary nominations received after the deadline will be deferred for review until the next nomination cycle.  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). 

Awards Nominations are submitted in two mandatory phases:  1) a preliminary nomination, consisting of the nominee’s name, CV and/or website URL, and the award for which the nomination is being submitted; and 2) a final nomination.  The purpose of a preliminary nomination is to alert the Awards Committee of your intent, and to offer early assistance in helping you prepare a successful nomination. Following receipt of a preliminary nomination, you will be contacted directly with additional details about the kinds of assistance available.  Preliminary nominations must be submitted no later than August 1 to allow sufficient time for assistance to be offered in preparing a final nomination. 

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.  The Awards Committee will assist all nominators, if desired, in preparing a final nomination (see individual awards for requirements), which will be due by September 1, and will offer assistance in identifying potential co-nominators (although this is not a requirement).  In some cases, sample letters of successful prior nominations are available upon request from the LSA staff. Nominations of women and underrepresented ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged.

Once a final nomination has been submitted, it will be retained and reconsidered for a period of five years (three years in the case of the Excellence in Community Lingusitics Award).  In the in the case of the Early Career Award, the nomination will not be carried over beyond the the ten-year post-Ph.D. time limit.  Nominators will be given the opportunity to update their nomination materials annually. 

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]

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

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. 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 Holders:

Julie Anne Legate, Faruk Akkuş, Milena Šereikaitė, Donald Ringe (University of Pennsylvania)

“On passives of passives." Volume 96. Number 4 (December 2020)

Voice phenomena are core to the expression of verbal arguments in many languages, and the study of passive voice has had an especially long and rich history. A core intuition about passive voice verbs is they cannot themselves be passivized, something first given explicit treatment by Perlmutter and Postal (1977). However, a deeper explanation of this fact has proved elusive, and subsequent work has identified three apparent counterexamples, found in Turkish, Lithuanian, and Sanskrit. In their 2020 Language paper Julie Anne Legate, Faruk Akkuş, Melena Šereikaitė, and Don Ringe reexamine these three cases studies, and through careful, detailed empirical argumentation demonstrate that in each case the construction represents something other than a passive of a passive. Building on recent traditions that decompose verbal argument structure in the syntax, Legate et al. show that an analysis of the passive as a separate Voice head that only derives a passive function when used in exactly one context --- in lieu of an active Voice head --- naturally explains why verbs cannot be passivized twice. This study thus shores up a decades-old generalization about passive voice, while also offering a new understanding of what the central ingredients of voice are.

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. 

Nomination information for 2022 Baker Award

Frequency:  Every second year.

Next Nomination Deadline: A preliminary nomination consisting of the nominee's name, CV and/or website URL, must be submitted here no later than August 1, 2021.  A final nomination, consisting of a nomination form, an updated curriculum vitae for the nominee, and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, must be submitted at the same link by September 1, 2021.  In the typical case, nominations will be submitted by a colleague or group of colleagues of the nominee, but self-nominations are not excluded.

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:

Jon Sprouse (University of Connecticut) 

Jon Sprouse is an experimental syntatician whose work is characterized by imagination, innovation, care, and respect for the facts. he has made methodological contributions of central importance, enabling syntaticians to base their theoretical work on a much more secure empirical foundation. He has also made contributions of central importance to some of the core issues in syntax and linguistics more broadly- concerning the nature of island-hood and (in collaboration with Lisa Pearl) the theroy of learnability. 


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 preliminary nomination consisting of the nominee's name, CV and/or website URL, must be submitted here no later than August 1, 2021.  A final nomination, consisting a nomination form, an updated curriculum vitae for the nominee, and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, must be submitted at the same link by September 1, 2021.

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.)

The letter of nomination 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

Current Holder:

Nicholas Henriksen (University of Michigan

Dr. Henriksen exemplifies the commitment to professional excellence that this award embodies. At this phase of his career, Dr. Henriksen has already proven to be a prolific scholar. As an Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, and of Trinidadian heritage (self-identifying as West Indian), this award recognizes the achievements of Dr. Henriksen and underrepresented minorities in Linguistics. Dr. Henriksen is an advocate for minorities in Linguistics and a member of LSA who embraces core values of the society by conducting community-engaged research, promoting linguistic and cultural awareness, and seeking social justice.

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: A final nomination must be submitted here by September 1, 2021.

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.

Current Holder:

2021 Pocholo Umbal (University of Toronto)

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: A final nomination must be submitted here by September 1, 2021.

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

Current Holder: 

2021 Chikari Tisso

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.  This year, the award will be given to Chikari Tisso, a native speaker and language activist of the Karbi language of Northeast India. He has been both documenting the traditional language, and developing the modern language, in particular through publishing books and articles, and audio/video-recording knowledgeable community members. Tisso has extensively served the Karbi Lammet Amei (Karbi Literary Organization) and co-founded the Centre for Karbi Studies. He was the primary Karbi collaborator for 'A grammar of Karbi' (2015 Association for Linguistic Typology Panini Award). Currently Tisso is documenting the Karbi song language and traditional lullabies, while also focusing on Karbi lexicology, both to edit a comprehensive dictionary of the Karbi language and as Chief Editor of a Multilingual Dictionary project (involving 8 indigenous community languages of the region).

 

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: A preliminary nomination consisting of the nominee's name, CV and/or website URL must be submitted here no later than August 1, 2021.  A final nomination, consisting of a copy of relevant work product (books, articles, scholarly materials, recordings, etc.) and any other supporting material, and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, must be submitted here by September 1, 2021.

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

Current Holder:

2021 Sharon Hargus (University of Washington)

For decades of tireless work with three endangered Athabaskan languages of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and the Yakima Sahaptin language of Washington state. Professor Hargus has worked together with the communities of Moricetown (Witsuwit'en), Fort Ware (Kwadacha/Tsek’ene) and the Lower Yukon River (Deg Xinag), and with co-author and consultant Dr. Virginia Beavert (Yakima Sahaptin), in documenting, recording, analyzing, teaching, and revitalizing these four languages. She has produced grammars, dictionaries, sound files, teaching materials, and scholarly articles numbering thousands of pages and thousands of recordings. She has also left a legacy of Athabaskanists and other linguists she has trained, who are themselves now devoted to the preservation of endangered languages

 

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 after 28 February 2021 and before 31 May 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:

2021 John H. Esling, Scott R. Moisik, Allison Benner and Lise Crevier-Buchman for Voice Quality: The Laryngeal Articulator Model (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Esling, Moisik, Benner and Crevier-Buchman’s Voice Quality presents a groundbreaking analysis of the phonetics of the lower vocal tract and traces the extraordinary breadth of its consequences. Their Laryngeal Articulator Model draws on a wide variety of instrumental observations and computational simulations to provide a comprehensive model of voice quality and other laryngeal articulations, supported by a wealth of videos and sound files available online*. The authors provide a sound theoretical basis for not only the phonological realization of laryngeal articulation but also its emergence from infant vocalizations, its exploitation for paralinguistic communication including individual voice quality, accent, speech and vocal song styles in many cultures, the analysis and treatment of clinical disorders of the lower vocal tract, and its role in sound change and phylogeny.

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: A preliminary nomination consisting of the nominee's name, CV and/or website URL must be submitted here no later than August 1, 2021.  A final nomination, consisting of a nomination form outlining why the individual should be recognized, and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, must be submitted here by September 1, 2021.

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

Current Holder:

2020 Pop-Up Mentoring Program (PUMP)

The organizers of PUMP, working in collaboration with COGEL (formerly COSWL) and conference sponsors in linguistics, have provided an invaluable service to linguists seeking short-term mentoring relationships. In just two years, PUMP has served 379 linguists at 15 conferences and Institutes. The volunteer organizers have donated many hours of time and effort to outreach and coordination, including matching mentors with mentees. Their contributions have provided invaluable support for those participating, and greatly helped to advance the LSA’s Mentoring Initiative. The PUMP team is pictured at right, clockwise from  top left: Melissa Baese-Berk, Paola Cepeda, Hadas Kotek, Kristen Syrett, Jessica Rett, Ivona Kucerova.

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: There is no preliminary nomination deadline for this award.  A final nomination, consisting of a letter of support of a letter of no more than three pages, copies of the work or links to the work for which the person is being nominated, a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, and any other supporting material, must be submitted here by July 1, 2021. 

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

Current Holder:

2020 Thomas Curwen (Los Angeles Times)

In his May 2019 Column One feature for the Los Angeles Times, Thomas Curwen brings readers into the world of Tongva language reclamation, emphasizing the voices of indigenous people involved in the project. Through interviews with UCLA linguist Pam Munro, Curwen is able to provide a taste of the linguistic technicalities involved. Rich, multimedia supplementary materials allow readers to learn more about Tongva language, geography, and history, and a teachers’ guide makes this feature an outstanding resource for K-12 education. The LSA applauds Curwen for journalism that showcases linguistics and the importance of language in culture and identity

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: A preliminary nomination, consisting of the nominee's name, CV and/or website URL, must be submitted here by August 1, 2021.  Final nominations, consisting of a nomination form and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, must be submitted here by September 1, 2021. Any hard copies of supporting materials (unavailable in electronic format) should be sent to the LSA via postal mail; please provide four copies of supporting materials where applicable. 

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.

Current Holder:

2020 Gretchen McCulloch (Internet Linguist)

Gretchen’s work is engaging, accessible, and bi-directional -- connecting the public to linguistics, and linguists to the public. Her work on creating public linguistics (including her All Things Linguistic blog, the podcast Lingthusiasm, a New York Times best-selling book Because Internet, and the recent Linguistics Crash Course videos) complements her work to train and empower linguists to create material for the public (including guides on writing for the public, presentations and workshops, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, and most recently LingComm grants). Gretchen brings linguistics and the public together with delight and enthusiasm, in what BuzzFeed has called a “joyously nerdy” way.

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: A preliminary nomination consisting of the nominee's name, CV (for individuals), and/or website URL, must be submitted here  no later than August 1, 2021.  A final nomination, consisting of a nomination form and and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, must be submitted at the same link by September 1, 2021.

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)

Current Holder:

2021 Donna Jo Napoli (Swarthmore College)

Over her forty-five-year career, Donna Jo Napoli has lived a life defined largely by committed and sustained mentoring. Her personalized mentoring style has transformed the lives of many. She was the visionary leader and an instrumental force in building the Tri-Co Linguistics program (Swarthmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr) by mentoring students, junior colleagues, and administrators who became allies. Using her linguistic skills as an advocate for the language rights of deaf children, she mentors others to help them do the same. Dr. Napoli’s multifaceted and long-term mentoring has made an overwhelmingly strong and positive impact on the field.

Previous Holders:

For a list of previous holders of the Mentoring 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:

  • First place:  Hironori Katsuda (University of California, Los Angeles) and Jeremy Steffman (University of California, Los Angeles):  The role of segment and pitch accent in Japanese spoken word recognition
  • Second place: Shannon Bryant (Harvard University): Evidence from Oromo on the typology of complementation strategies.
  • Third place: Maura O'Leary (University of California, Los Angeles) and Richard Stockwell (University of California, Los Angeles): Skills-based grading: a novel approach to teaching formal semantics

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: A preliminary nomination, consisting of the nominee's name, CV and/or website URL, must be submitted here no later than August 1, 2021.  A final nomination, consisting of a nominatino form outlining why the individual should be recognized, and a brief citation that can be read at the presentation of the award, must be suibmitted here by September 1, 2021.

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

Current Holder:

2021 Larry Hyman (University of California, Berkeley)

Larry M. Hyman's career is a testament to the idea that scholarly accomplishment goes hand in hand with devotion to service to the field. On LSA committees and as part of its leadership, as an organizer of scholarly meetings and a member of editorial boards around the world, as a passionate advocate for the LSA, and as a host and sommelier at innumerable linguistic events, Hyman makes us all want to belong to the community of linguists.

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.