LINGUIST List 23.4891

Sat Nov 24 2012

FYI: Gabelentz Award 2013 (For Published Grammars)

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 24-Nov-2012
From: Jean-Christophe Verstraete <>
Subject: Gabelentz Award 2013 (For Published Grammars)
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Submissions are invited for the second Georg von der Gabelentz Award, for agrammar published between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2012. The awardwill be made at the 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for LinguisticTypology in Leipzig, August 15-18, 2013.

The Gabelentz Award was established to encourage and honour achievements inthe field of documenting the world’s linguistic diversity through the writingof reference grammars. To be eligible, a grammar must provide a systematic,accessible, comprehensive, original, insightful and typologicallywell-informed account of the workings of the language being described,generously exemplified with natural data. Though the normal expectation isthat it would deal with a hitherto little-described language, outstandinggrammars of better-known languages or dialects thereof may also be consideredif they achieve major breakthroughs in a comprehensive understanding of thelanguage. Grammars may be written in any major language, subject to theavailability of a sufficient and geographically balanced set of jury membersable to read the language.

Entries will be judged by a committee of half-a-dozen or more distinguishedlinguists, including a number of judges who have themselves written majorreference 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 theGabelentz award will receive support for travel, accommodation andregistration at the ALT conference in Leipzig, as well as a collection ofreference grammars and other works donated by major publishers in the area.They will also present a plenary lecture setting out the typologically mostinteresting aspects of the language.

Any grammar published between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2012 will beeligible provided that it meets the conditions above and that the author is amember of the Association for Linguistic Typology. Grammars which have beensubmitted for the Panini Award (for a grammar dissertation) can be submittedagain for the Gabelentz Award provided that they have been substantiallyrevised and published by an academic publisher. Grammars which win the PaniniAward cannot be submitted at a later date for the Gabelentz Award. Allsubmissions for the Gabelentz Award need to be published by an academicpublisher.

Entries are normally submitted as a PDF file with embedded fonts. Hard copiescan be sent in exceptional circumstances only (e.g. if the publisher does notagree to a PDF version being submitted or if the author is not in a positionto make a PDF version, for whatever reason) and with prior agreement by thechair of the committee. If hard copies are submitted, the exact number ofcopies to be submitted will vary according to the size of the committee, but aminimum of six copies is to be expected. Submitted hard copies remain theproperty of the members of the jury. The deadline for submissions is January15, 2013.

The address for submissions for the 2013 Gabelentz Award is:

Hein van der VoortMuseu Paraense Emílio GoeldiCCH-LinguísticaAv. Perimetral, 1901 - Terra FirmeCEP: 66077-830, Belém, Pará,

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation Typology

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