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LINGUIST List 23.4891

Sat Nov 24 2012

FYI: Gabelentz Award 2013 (For Published Grammars)

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Nov-2012
From: Jean-Christophe Verstraete <jcvarts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Gabelentz Award 2013 (For Published Grammars)
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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

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

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
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