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 2012
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.
  • Works should normally be no more than 15-20 years old.

Current Holder

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

Previous Winners

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...