LINGUIST List 25.4528

Wed Nov 12 2014

FYI: Call for Submissions: Panini Award 2015

Editor for this issue: Uliana Kazagasheva <>

Date: 12-Nov-2014
From: Jean-Christophe Verstraete <>
Subject: Call for Submissions: Panini Award 2015
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The Panini Award 2015 (deadline: January 15th, 2015)

At the 11th Biennial Conference in Albuquerque (August 1-3 2015), the Association for Linguistic Typology will award its third Panini prize, for a grammar passed as a dissertation between January 1st 2011 and December 31st 2014. The Panini 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. In order to be eligible for the prize, the author must be (or become) a member of ALT.

Entries will be judged by a committee of distinguished linguists, including judges who have themselves written major reference grammars as well as typologists and other grammar-consumers. The chair for the 2015 award is Nick Enfield.

Please submit entries as PDF files with embedded fonts. The deadline for submission is January 15th, 2015, at Any questions about submissions should be directed to the chair, at

The prize winner for the Panini award will receive paid travel, accommodation, and registration at the ALT conference in Albuquerque, (Aug 1-3, 2015) as well as a collection of reference grammars or other works donated by major publishers. They will also be invited to present a plenary lecture setting out the typologically most interesting aspects of the language.

Previous Winners:
- 2011 (tie)
Mark Post “A grammar of Galo”
Antoinette Schapper “Bunaq: A Papuan language of central Timor”
- 2007
Patience Epps “A grammar of Hup”

The address for submissions for the 2015 Panini award is:
Nick Enfield
Department of Linguistics
University of Sydney
Post: N365, A20, 2006 Australia

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

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