The Victor Golla Prize

Victor Golla

The Victor Golla Prize is presented in recognition of a significant history of both linguistic scholarship and service to the scholarly community, with service that expands the quality and/or dissemination of such scholarship. The linguistic scholarship can take the form of either the documentation, philology, or revitalization 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. Service can take the form of providing opportunities for others to communicate their work on Indigenous languages, primarily through editorial work, organization of conferences, workshops or institutes, or responsibility for a major archive. Service must expand the opportunities of scholarly communities and should expand opportunities of Indigenous communities as well. 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 scholarship in one or more other allied fields, such as anthropology, education, history, or literature.

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.

Nomination Process

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

Nominations must be made by a member of SSILA for a member of SSILA.

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.

The 2019 deadline for receipt of nominations is June 15th.

To submit a nomination for the Victor Golla Prize, send the nominating package in PDF format by email to the SSILA Secretary.

2019Ofelia ZepedaUniversity of Arizona and the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI)
2018no award
2017no award
2016no award
2015no award
2014no award
2013no award
2012Ives GoddardSmithsonian Institution
2011no award
2010Monica MacaulayUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Updated: May 7, 2019 — 3:39 pm