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FYI: Joseph Greenberg Award 2013


Author: Jae Jung Song

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

FYI Body: First Call for the ALT's Joseph Greenberg Award

The Association for Linguistic Typology's Joseph Greenberg Award recognizes and honours the best piece of typological research embodied in a doctoral dissertation or equivalent in 2011-2012. Theses are eligible if they were accepted by a university (i.e. passed or defended or accepted, and not just submitted) between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2012. In addition, theses submitted for the previous round (2009-2010, when the award was postponed because of the small number of submissions) will be also be entered for this round.

The award will consist of (full or partial) payment of travel, per diem expenses and registration fee to attend the 10th ALT Conference, to be held in Leipzig, August 15-18, 2013, and to present a synopsis or element of the prize-winning work as a plenary lecture at that meeting.

The Joseph Greenberg Award was named to remember Joseph Greenberg's (1915-2001) fundamental contributions to typology and the interest he showed in encouraging young researchers. Between 1998 and 2006, it was known as the ''ALT Junior Award''.

To be eligible, those submitting their dissertation must be members of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT). They are asked to submit their manuscript by email in pdf format, with all non-standard fonts in Unicode, to the chair of the jury, to arrive no later than January 31st 2013. If this proves technically difficult, the candidate is asked to discuss the problem with the chair. A jury, consisting of about ten ALT members, will be appointed by ALT's president, appropriate to the work submitted.

The chair will be:
Jae Jung Song
Department of English & Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin
New Zealand
jaejung.song@otago.ac.nz

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