First call: Gabelentz Award 2013

Jean-Christophe Verstraete jean-christophe.verstraete at ARTS.KULEUVEN.BE
Thu Nov 15 18:10:19 UTC 2012

Georg von der Gabelentz Award 2013

Submissions are invited for the second Georg von der Gabelentz Award, 
for a grammar published between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2012. 
The award will be made at the 10th Biennial Conference of the 
Association for Linguistic Typology in Leipzig, August 15-18, 2013.

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 users. The chair for the 2013 award will be 
Hein van der Voort. Prize winners for the Gabelentz award will receive 
support for travel, accommodation and registration at the ALT conference 
in Leipzig, as well as a collection of reference grammars and other 
works donated by major publishers in the area. They will also present a 
plenary lecture setting out the typologically most interesting aspects 
of the language.

Any grammar published between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2012 
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 (for a grammar 
dissertation) 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. If hard copies 
are submitted, 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 hard copies remain the property of the members 
of the jury. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2013.

The address for submissions for the 2013 Gabelentz Award is:

Hein van der Voort
Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi
Av. Perimetral, 1901 - Terra Firme
CEP: 66077-830, Belém, Pará, Brazil
<gabelentz2013 at>

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