The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas

The Victor Golla Prize

This prize, established in 2009, is presented in recognition of those who, like Victor Golla, founding Secretary/Treasurer of SSILA, show 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.

Wikipedia has additional information on the work of Victor Golla.  Also read the accolades given at the ceremony for Victor Gollaʼs Leonard Bloomfield Book Award by the Linguistic Society of America.


Victor Golla


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 deadline for receipt of nominations is May 1st each year.

The revised date for receipt of submissions is July 15, 2016.

Nominees need not know of their nomination. The prize will be awarded when a worthy scholar is selected, and will be announced at the Annual Meeting.

Please send nominations and inquiries to the Executive Secretary.

See the standing committee for this prize here.


2010Monica MacaulayUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
2012Ives GoddardSmithsonian Institution
2013no award
2014no award

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