The award honors the memory of Mary R. Haas (1910-1996), Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and a founding member of the Linguistics Department, of which she was Chair for many years. She also chaired the Department of Anthropology at Berkeley from 1958-1964. There she founded the Survey of California Indian Languages and supervised the field work of more than 100 doctoral students.
Haas was a notable scholar of many indigenous languages of the Americas. Her doctoral dissertation, supervised by Edward Sapir, was a description of Tunica carried out with Sesostrie Youchigant, the last speaker of the language. She also worked with the last speakers of Natchez and Creek also publishing on Biloxi, Koasati, Choctaw, Alabama, Hichiti, Nitanat, Mobilian Jargon as well as on Thai and Burmese.
The Wikipedia entry on Mary R. Haas contains a fuller biography.
This award is presented to a junior scholar for an unpublished manuscript that makes a significant substantive contribution to our knowledge of Native American languages.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.
Although the award carries no financial stipend, the winning manuscript is eligible for publication under the Society’s auspices in the University of Nebraska Press series Studies in the Native Languages of the Americas.
To submit a manuscript for the Haas Award, send it in PDF format by email or on a CD by post to the Executive Secretary so as to arrive no later than June 15th each year. Please verify that it has in fact been received. The revised date for receipt of submission is July 15, 2016.
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.
See the committee for this award here.
Previous Winning Manuscripts
|1990||Willem de Reuse||Studies in Siberian Yup'ik Eskimo||University of Utah Press, 1994|
|1991||Randolph Graczyk||Incorporation and Cliticization in Crow Morphosyntax||University of Nebraska Press, 2007|
|1992||Carolyn MacKay||Grammar of Misantla Totonac||University of Utah Press, 1999|
|1993||Spike Gildea||Comparative Cariban Morphosyntax: On the Genesis of Ergativity in Independent Clauses|
|1994||J. Randolph Valentine||Ojibwe Dialect Relationships|
|1994||Hanni Woodbury||Concerning the League: The Iroquois League Tradition as Dictated in Onondaga by John Arthur Gibson||Algonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics, Memoir 9, 1992|
|1995||David Costa||The Miami-Illinois Language||University of Nebraska Press, 2003|
|1995||Shanley Allen||Acquisition of Some Mechanisms of Transitivity Alternation in Arctic Quebec Inuktitut||John Benjamins, 1996|
|1996||Sara Trechter||The Pragmatic Functions of Gender Deixis in Lakhota|
|1997||Ivy Doak||Coeur d'Alene Grammatical Relations|
|1998||Anna M. S. Berge||Topic and Discourse Structure in West Greenlandic Agreement Constructions||University of Nebraska Press, 2011|
|1999||Lynette Melnar||Caddo Verb Morphology||University of Nebraska Press, 2004|
|2000||Sergio Meira||A Grammar of Tiriyo||Mouton de Gruyter, 2005|
|2001||Roberto Zavala||Inversion and Other Topics in the Grammar of Olutec (Mixean)|
|2003||Pilar Valenzuela||Transitivity in Shipibo-Konibo Grammar|
|2004||Kristine Stenzel||A Reference Grammar of Wanano|
|2005||Frank Seifart||The Structure and use of Shape-Based Noun Classes in Miraña (North West Amazon)|
|2006||Nicholas Pharris||Winuunsi Tm Talapaas: A Grammar of the Molalla Language|
|2008||Susan Smythe Kung||A Descriptive Grammar of Huehuetla Tepehua|
|2009||Eladio Mateo Toledo||The Family of Complex Predicates in C'anjob'al (Maya): Their Syntax and Meaning|
|2010||Lynda Boudreault||A Grammar of Sierra Popoluca (Soteapanec, a Mixe-Zoquean Language)|
|2011||Rosa Vallejos||A Grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla|
|2012||Indrek Park||A Grammar of Hidatsa|
|2015||Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada||The Mako language: Vitality, grammar, and classification|