SSILA Call for Nominations – Ken Hale Prize

SSILA is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the  Ken Hale Prize to be presented at the 2021 SSILA annual meeting. The deadline for receipt of nominations for the Ken Hale Prize is June 15, 2020.  

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

  • 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.
  •  Brief nominating package 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.

To submit a nomination for the Ken Hale Prize, send the letter of nomination and the nominating package in PDF format by email to the SSILA Secretary. Please verify that it has in fact been received.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 15, 2020.