Call: Gabelentz Award 2009
Jean-Christophe.Verstraete at ARTS.KULEUVEN.BE
Fri Aug 22 14:39:13 UTC 2008
Georg von der Gabelentz Award 2009
At the 8th Biennial Conference in Berkeley (July 23-26 2009), the
Association for Linguistic Typology will award its first Georg von der
Gabelentz Award, for a grammar published between January 1st 2005 and
December 31st 2008.
The Gabelentz Award was established to encourage and honour achievements
in the field of documenting the world’s linguistic diversity through the
writing of reference grammars. To be eligible, a grammar must provide a
systematic, accessible, comprehensive, original, insightful and
typologically well-informed account of the workings of the language
being described, generously exemplified with natural data. Though the
normal expectation is that it would deal with a hitherto
little-described language, outstanding grammars of better-known
languages or dialects thereof may also be considered if they achieve
major breakthroughs in a comprehensive understanding of the language.
Grammars may be written in any major language, subject to the
availability of a sufficient and geographically balanced set of jury
members able to read the language.
Entries will be judged by a committee of half-a-dozen or more
distinguished linguists, including a number of judges who have
themselves written major reference grammars but also typologists and
other categories of grammar-readers. The chair for the 2009 award will
be Nikolaus Himmelmann.
Any grammar published between January 1st 2005 and December 31st 2008
will be eligible provided that it meets the conditions above and that
the author is a member of the Association for Linguistic Typology.
Grammars which have been submitted for the Panini Award can be submitted
again for the Gabelentz Award provided that they have been substantially
revised and published by an academic publisher. Grammars which win the
Panini Award cannot be submitted at a later date for the Gabelentz
Award. All submissions for the Gabelentz Award need to be published by
an academic publisher.
Entries are normally submitted as a PDF file with embedded fonts. Hard
copies can be sent in exceptional circumstances only (e.g. if the
publisher does not agree to a PDF version being submitted or if the
author is not in a position to make a PDF version, for whatever reason)
and with prior agreement by the chair of the committee. The exact number
of copies to be submitted will vary according to the size of the
committee, but a minimum of six copies is to be expected. Submitted
copies remain the property of the members of the jury. The deadline for
submissions is November 30 2008.
The address for submissions for the 2009 Gabelentz Award is:
Institut für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Email: nikolaus.himmelmann [@] uni-muenster.de
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