LINGUIST List 27.996

Thu Feb 25 2016

FYI: Reminder: RaAM Early Career Prize 2016

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 25-Feb-2016
From: Gill Philip <>
Subject: Reminder: RaAM Early Career Prize 2016
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RaAM the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor

The RaAM Early Career Research Prize aims to encourage the production and dissemination of high quality research in the field of metaphor. The prize will be awarded biennially for the best research paper published by a researcher who has recently completed a PhD.

The prize for 2016 will be GBP200 + 1 year's free membership of RaAM.
The deadline for submitting a paper is 31 March 2016.

See also:

Criteria for the award

The RaAM Early Career Research prize will be awarded for the paper that best demonstrates the following qualities, reflecting the stated aims of the RaAM organisation:

- originality
- rigour in research methodology
- contribution to metaphor studies
- relevance and significance to real world context.


1. Applicants must have been awarded a PhD degree in the 4 year period immediately preceding the RaAM Prize presentation date (or, exceptionally, be enrolled/registered as a PhD student). The date of the PhD award is taken as the date the degree was conferred by the university. For 2016, this is the period 1 July 2012 – 1 July 2016.
2. The applicant must be the sole author, or first author having made the major contribution to the paper. If not the sole author, the applicant must include signed statements from the other author(s) as to the level of the applicant's contribution.
3. An applicant may submit only one paper in one prize year.
4. The paper submitted must be published in a journal or edited collection, and must have been peer-reviewed. It may be published in print or electronically.
5. It must be in print (or otherwise out in a definitive, archived form in the public domain) at the time of application.
6. The paper must be centrally concerned with metaphor in real world contexts.
7. The paper may be in any language (but see point 4 below).

Procedure for submitting a paper

1. In each RaAM Conference year, there will be a deadline for applications that will normally be at least two months before the Conference. For 2016, this will be 31 March 2016.
2. Applicants must submit their papers to the RaAM Prize Panel by the deadline and to the address provided, either in print (4 copies) or by pointing to a publicly accessible electronic version.
Mailing address for 2016:
3. Each application must be accompanied by:
a. a statement, no longer than 500 words, justifying the claim that the candidate paper meets the Award Criteria of originality, rigour in research methodology, contribution to the field and relevance to real-world context.
b. evidence that the applicant and the paper meet the eligibility criteria set out above, i.e. evidence of date of PhD award; evidence of main authorship, if not sole author; evidence of peer review (e.g., letter from editor).
4. If the paper is not written in English then the applicant must supply a 1000-word abstract in English, and must designate someone prepared to translate the paper if the RaAM Prize Panel requests this.

Judging and Awarding

1. A RaAM Prize Panel will be formed at appropriate points by the RaAM Executive Committee, with term-limited membership, and subject to such regulations (e.g. concerning successive membership terms) as will be agreed from time to time by the RaAM Board. The RaAM Prize Panel will be solely responsible for deciding on eligibility and awards. For 2016:
- Dr Gill Philip, University of Macerata, Italy
- Prof. Albert Katz, Western University, Canada
- Dr Marc Alexander, University of Glasgow, Scotland
2. RaAM Executive Committee take due measures against possible conflicts of interest, and members of the Prize Panel will not be connected to applicants or their PhD process, e.g. as examiner or supervisor.
3. Awards will be announced at the end of the 2016 RaAM Conference in Berlin, July 1 - 4, 2016

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Neurolinguistics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Translation

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