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Revised Call for SSILA Prize and Award Nominations

Revised Call for SSILA Prize and Award Nominations

Revised Deadline, July 15


The SSILA Executive Committee has recently realized that the Call for SSILA Prize and Award Nominations may not have reached all of you.  As a result, we are extending the deadline for nominations until July 15, 2016.  Details are provided below.  You can also go to our website for further information.


SSILA is pleased to announce a revised call for nominations for the  Ken Hale Prize, the Victor Golla Prize, and the Mary R Haas Book Award.   These awards will be presented at the 2017 SSILA meeting in Austin, Texas.


The new deadline for receipt of Nominations for the Hale and Golla Prizes and submissions for the Haas Award is July 15, 2016.  


See below for details about these awards:


  1.  Ken Hale Prize

The Ken Hale Prize is presented in recognition of outstanding community language work and a deep commitment to the documentation, maintenance, promotion, and revitalization of indigenous languages in the Americas. The Prize, which carries a $500 stipend, honors those who strive to link the academic and community spheres in the spirit of Ken Hale. Recipients can range from native speakers and community-based linguists to academic specialists, and may include groups or organizations. No academic affiliation is necessary. Nominations may be made by anyone; however, either the recipient or the nominee must be a member of SSILA.


Nominations should include:


  1. Letter of nomination, including:

– position and affiliation, if appropriate, of nominee or nominated group (tribal, organizational, or academic)

– summary of the nominee’s background and contributions to specific language communities.


  1. Brief portfolio of relevant supporting materials, including for instance:

– nominee’s curriculum vitae

– description of completed or on-going activities of the nominee

– letters from at least 2 of those who are most familiar with the work of the nominee (e.g. language program staff, community people, academic associates)

-other material that would support the nomination.


Submission of manuscript-length work is discouraged.

The new deadline for receipt of nominations is July 15, 2016.


  1.    Victor Golla Prize


The Victor Golla Prize is presented in recognition of a significant history of both linguistic scholarship and service to the scholarly community.  The linguistic scholarship can take the form of either the documentation or philology of one or more indigenous languages of the Americas, such that the scholarly community knows significantly more about the language or languages of study as a result of that work. The service to the scholarly community can take the form of providing opportunities for others to communicate their work on indigenous languages, primarily through editorial work, conference organization, or responsibility for a major archive. The Prize, which bestows a life membership in SSILA on the recipient, seeks especially to honor those who strive to carry out interdisciplinary scholarship in the spirit of Victor Golla, combining excellent linguistic documentation or philology with scholarship in one or more other allied fields, such as anthropology, education, history, or literature. Nominations must be made by a member of SSILA for a member of SSILA.


The nominating package includes the following:

  1. Letter of nomination
  2. A version of the nominee’s CV
  3. two letters of support reflecting the nominee’s scholarship and service.

The new deadline for receipt of nominations is July 15, 2016.


  1.   Mary R Haas Book Award


The Mary R. Haas Award is presented to a junior scholar for an unpublished manuscript that makes a significant substantive contribution to our knowledge of Native American languages. Nominations may be made by anyone; however, the recipient must be a member of SSILA.

To submit a manuscript for the Haas Award, send it in PDF format by email to the Executive Secretary so as to arrive no later than June 15th each year. Please verify that it has in fact been received.

Manuscripts may be submitted in English, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish.


Winning manuscripts in English will be considered by the University of Nebraska Press for its series, “Studies in the Native Languages of the Americas.”

For winning manuscripts in languages other than English, the Society will provide letters requesting special consideration by any potential publisher in light of the manuscript’s award-winning status.

 The new deadline for receipt of submissions is July 15, 2016.


Please email if you have any questions about the nomination process.


Carolyn MacKay, SSILA Executive Secretary


If you have received this email and are not a current SSILA member, please join the Society at  SSILA has moved to a rolling membership year.  You may join at any time, and may subscribe to the International Journal of American Linguistics at a substantial discount with your paid membership.  


Updated: June 13, 2016 — 10:24 am

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