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.
Nominations of women and underrepresented ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged.
Next Nomination Deadline
A preliminary nomination consisting of the nominee's name, CV and/or website URL, must be received no later than August 1, 2021. 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.
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 received by September 1, 2021.
All nominees must be current members of the LSA and relevant works should normally be no more than 15-20 years old.
Final Nomination Form
In the final nomination form, you will be asked to address the following areas. For each area, you will be asked to provide the information requested or explain why it does not apply to this nomination. Be aware that failure to address one or more of the areas may negatively impact your nomination. Note also that you will need to fill the information into the online form; a .pdf cannot be uploaded.
The Nomination Form 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.