The LSA is pleased to announce that LSA Member William Labov has been awarded The Talcott Parsons Prize for distinguished and original contributions to the social sciences. In March, Professor Labov will receive this distinguished honor from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Labov is regarded as a trailblazer in the field of variationist sociolinguistics, which is a discipline dedicated to understanding and researching language in relation to social factors that include region, race, class, and gender.

“We are honoring William Labov for a commitment to scholarly exploration and social equity,” said David W. Oxtoby, President of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. “His academic distinction and his dedication to promoting understanding exemplify the Academy’s mission to recognize excellence and  advance the common good.”

Professor Labov has been a member of the LSA since 1961.

Read more about The Talcott Parsons Prize here.

Congratulations, Professor Labov!