The Mary R. Haas Book Award

Mary R. Haas (1930)
Mary R. Haas (1930)

The Mary R. Haas Award is presented to a junior scholar for an unpublished manuscript that makes a significant substantive contribution to knowledge about Native American languages.

Although the award carries no financial stipend, the winning manuscript will be considered for publication under the Society’s auspices in the University of Nebraska Press 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.

Nomination Process

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

The manuscript submission should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the author’s dissertation advisor, detailing why the nominated dissertation is worthy of the Haas award.

The nominating package includes the following:

  1. Letter of recommendation
  2. Manuscript

Nominations may be made by anyone; however, the recipient must be a member of SSILA.

The yearly deadline for receipt of nominations in June 15.

To submit a nomination for the Mary R. Haas Book Award, send the manuscript and letter of recommendation in PDF format by email to the SSILA Secretary. Please verify that it has in fact been received.

About Mary R. Haas

Mary R. Haas
Mary R. Haas

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 from 1957–1964. There she founded the Survey of California Indian Languages and supervised the field work of dozens of 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 fluent first-language speaker of the language. She also worked with speakers of Natchez and Creek, while 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.

Recipients of the Mary R. Haas Award

2019Adam SingermanThe morphosyntax of Tuparí, a Tupían language of the Brazilian Amazon
2019Adam Tallman (Honorable Mention)A Grammar of Chácobo, a southern Pano language of the northern Bolivian Amazon 
2018Daniel Valle ArevaloGrammar and information structure of San Alejandro Kakataibo (Panoan familyUniversity of Texas at Austin
2016Jaime Germán PeñaA grammar of Wampis
2016Konrad Arkadiusz Rybka (Honorable Mention)The linguistic encoding of landscape in Lokano
2016Lewis Lawyer (Honorable Mention)A description of the Patwin language
2015Jorge Emilio Rosés LabradaThe Mako language: Vitality, grammar, and classification
2014No award
2013No award
2012Indrek ParkA Grammar of Hidatsa
2011Rosa VallejosA Grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla
2010Lynda BoudreaultA Grammar of Sierra Popoluca (Soteapanec, a Mixe-Zoquean Language)
2009Eladio (B'alam) Mateo ToledoThe Family of Complex Predicates in C'anjob'al (Maya): Their Syntax and Meaning
2008Susan Smythe KungA Descriptive Grammar of Huehuetla Tepehua
2007No award
2006Nicholas PharrisWinuunsi Tm Talapaas: A Grammar of the Molalla Language
2005Frank SeifartThe Structure and use of Shape-Based Noun Classes in Miraña (North West Amazon)
2004Kristine StenzelA Reference Grammar of Wanano
2003Pilar ValenzuelaTransitivity in Shipibo-Konibo Grammar
2002No award
2001Roberto ZavalaInversion and Other Topics in the Grammar of Olutec (Mixean)
2000Sergio MeiraA Grammar of TiriyoMouton de Gruyter, 2005
1999Lynette MelnarCaddo Verb MorphologyUniversity of Nebraska Press, 2004
1998Anna M. S. BergeTopic and Discourse Structure in West Greenlandic Agreement ConstructionsUniversity of Nebraska Press, 2011
1997Ivy DoakCoeur d'Alene Grammatical Relations
1996Sara TrechterThe Pragmatic Functions of Gender Deixis in Lakhota
1995Shanley AllenAcquisition of Some Mechanisms of Transitivity Alternation in Arctic Quebec InuktitutJohn Benjamins, 1996
1995David CostaThe Miami-Illinois LanguageUniversity of Nebraska Press, 2003
1994Hanni WoodburyConcerning the League: The Iroquois League Tradition as Dictated in Onondaga by John Arthur GibsonAlgonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics, Memoir 9, 1992
1994J. Randolph ValentineOjibwe Dialect Relationships
1993Spike GildeaComparative Cariban Morphosyntax: On the Genesis of Ergativity in Independent Clauses
1992Carolyn MacKayGrammar of Misantla TotonacUniversity of Utah Press, 1999
1991Randolph GraczykIncorporation and Cliticization in Crow MorphosyntaxUniversity of Nebraska Press, 2007
1990Willem de ReuseStudies in Siberian Yup'ik EskimoUniversity of Utah Press, 1994
Updated: January 7, 2020 — 5:58 pm