Edward Sapir Book Prize
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014
The Edward Sapir Book Prize was established in 2001 and is awarded to a book that makes the most significant contribution to our understanding of language in society, or the ways in which language mediates historical or contemporary sociocultural processes. Beginning in 2012, the Sapir Prize has been awarded annually.
Submissions are now open for the 2014 prize. The SLA invites books with conceptual and theoretical focus, as well as ethnographic and descriptive works. Single-or multi-author books – but not edited collections – are eligible. Books must have been published between June 2012 and December 31, 2013 to be eligible for the 2014 award. Any given book is eligible only in one round of competition.
Three copies of books submitted for consideration should be sent to the address below by May 1, 2014. (Publishers will often send them at the author’s request.) A committee appointed by the president of the SLA will evaluate all submissions. The winner will be determined by late summer 2014 and the author and publisher notified in advance of the AAA annual meeting. The Sapir Prize will be formally awarded at the SLA Business Meeting during the AAA Annual Meeting in 2014.
Three copies of books submitted for consideration should be sent to:
Ph. 310 825-6237
Past Winners of the Edward Sapir Book Prize
Paul Manning, for Semiotics of Drink and Drinking.
E. Summerson Carr, for Scripting Addiction: The Politics of Therapeutic Talk and American Sobriety.
William F. Hanks, for Converting Words: Maya in the Age of the Cross.
Honorable mention: Bernard Bate, for Tamil Oratory and the Dravidian Aesthetic.
Honorable mention: Niko Besnier, for Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics.
Asif Agha, for Language and Social Relations.
Richard Bauman and Charles Briggs, for Voices of Modernity: Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality.
Robert Bringhurst and his posthumous co-authors Ghandl and Skaay, for the three-volume work Masterworks of the Classical Haida Mythtellers.
Honorable mention: Dennis Tedlock, for Rabinal Achi: A Mayan Drama of War and Sacrifice.
Alexandra Jaffe, for Ideologies in Action: Language Politics on Corsica.
Honorable mention: Laura Ahearn, for Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal.
Annual Student Essay Prize
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology holds an annual student essay competition at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In order to be eligible for one of these awards, the applicant must have been either a graduate or undergraduate student in a degree-granting program when the paper was written; must be the sole author of the paper; and must submit the paper no more than two years after it was written.
The paper must be an original work based on original research conducted by the author. It will be evaluated on the basis of clarity, significance to the field, and substantive contribution. The paper should be suitable for submission to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology and must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, not including bibliography. At the time of submission for this competition, the paper must not have been published or submitted for publication.
The winner in each category (graduate and undergraduate) will receive a $500 prize and a grant of up to $300 to cover expenses for travel to the AAA meeting to accept the award.
Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition: March 12 deadline
Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the award, the applicant must have been a graduate student in a degree-granting program when the paper was written; must be the sole author of the paper; and must submit the paper no more than two years after it was written. The paper must be an original work based on original research conducted by the author. It will be evaluated on the basis of clarity, significance to the field, and substantive contribution. At the time of submission for this competition, the paper must not have been published or submitted for publication.
Submissions: The paper should be suitable for submission to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (http://linguisticanthropology
Please contact Shalini Shankar, SLA board member-at-large, with any questions: slagradessaycontest2014@gmail.
Undergraduate Student Paper Prize Competition: July 15 deadline
Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. A prize will be awarded in each category only if a submission of sufficiently high quality is received. The winner or winners will be announced at the SLA business meeting, which is held during the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. The winner in each category (undergraduate and graduate) receives an award certificate as well as a cash prize.
The paper must be submitted electronically in either .pdf or .doc format. It should be sent to Jillian Cavanaugh (SLA Member at Large) at email@example.com by the deadline of
July 15. The cover sheet should include the title of the paper; the author’s name; the author’s email address; the author’s college or university affiliation; the prize category (undergraduate or graduate) for which the paper is being submitted; and the name of the faculty member who served as the student’s advisor with respect to the writing of the paper.
Annual Student Essay Prize Winners
Elise Kramer (University of Chicago)
”Speaking for the Voiceless: Metaphors of Power and Agency in Political Discourse”
Katherine Geenberg (Stanford)
”Fractal Marginalization and Linguistic Style in Hill Country: How the Nor-Rel-Muk Indians mix local Englishes to construct authenticity”
Jonghyun Park (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
”Korean Rap and Rhyme: Local Enregisterment of a Foreign Genre”
Ferguson, Jenanne (University of Aberdeen)
”Code-mixing among Sakha-Russian bilinguals in Yakutsk: a spectrum of features and shifting indexical fields”
Sabrina Gavigan (American University)
“Meet the [Neoliberal] Faces of Mexico”
Alice Yeh (University of California, Berkeley)
“Retrospective Re-creation: Latin sine fine and the Afterlife of a Classic”
Sarah Carson (Wayne State University)
“Black Nerds in the Media: A Linguistic Analysis”
2 Honorable Mentions:
Joshua Babcock (University of Chicago)
“Mediating Technologies: Language Ideology, Social Differentiation, and Communicative Affordances in the Making of Fractal Publics in an Online Debate of Gender Nonconformity”
Shifra Sered (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
“Promoting, Prohibiting, and Playing with Taboo Language: The Sociolinguistic Construction of Sexual Slurs on a College Campus”
Winner: Jennifer Guzman (UCLA), The Epistemics of Symptom Experience and Symptom Accounts in Mapuche Healing and Pediatric Primary Care in Southern Chile.
Runners-up: Charles Zuckerman (University of Michigan), Dario Valles (Northwestern), and Lauren Zentz (University of Arizona).
Winner: Kamala Russell from the University of Chicago, with a paper entitled, Form and function: Character Viewpoint Gestures in Dialogic Narrative.
Runner-up is Hannah Carlan (New York University) “It’s a Brown Thing”: Gender, Stereotyping, and Humorous Conversation in a South Asian Community of Practice.
Winner: Rebecca M. Pardo (University of Pennsylvania), “There was nothing racial that I said”: Reality Television and The Metapragmatics of Racism
- Antonio José Bacelar da Silva (University of Arizona), Dialogism in the Brazilian Black Movement’s Affirmative Language Practices;
- Elizabeth Peacock (University of California San Diego), Stance-Taking in a Social Minefield: Ukrainian Youth and Emigration Discourses;
- Lynnette Arnold (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Getting Your Hands Dirty”: Participation in Ideology and Interaction at a California Community Bike Shop
Winner: Janet Connor (University of Chicago), National standardization or strength in diversity? Language ideological debates in the south of France
Honorable Mentions: Alex Warburton (University of Chicago) “That’s ama:::zing, Jeremy”: Parody and the emerging gendered enregisterment of creaky voice in American English; and Karen M. Kuhn (New York University) Portraits of the White Uniform: Linguistic play and cultural symbols in a Catalan sports-comedy series
Graduate: Nicholas Harkness (University of Chicago), for “Vowel Harmony Redux: A Binary Structure of Attribution in Korean and Its Ideological Framings.
Undergraduate: Jade Sewa De La Paz (Brooklyn College CUNY), for “OMG, Guess What?!”: The Indispensability of Gossip in Community Building.
Graduate: Benjamin K. Smith (University of Chicago), for “Of Marbles and (Little) Men: Bad Luck, Aymara Boyhood and Masculine Identification.”
Undergraduate: Ruairidh Falconer (University of Aberdeen), for “Santiago Atitlán: Globalisation and Bilingual Development among Youth in a Mayan Town.”
Graduate: Alejandro Paz (University of Chicago), for “The Circulation of Chisme and Rumor: Gossip, Evidentiality, and Authority in the Perspective of Latino Labor Migrants in Israel.”
Undergraduate: Lauren E. Deal (George Washington University), for “Fat Birds and Intercostals: Ideologies of Science and Poetry in Bel Canto Singing.”
Graduate: Isaac Gagné (Yale University), for “Role-Playing and ‘Women’s Language’ in Japan’s Gothic/Lolita Subculture.”
Undergraduate, honorary mention: Lauren Knapp (Grinnell College), for “The Way It Ought to Be: Objectification through Bluegrass Performance.”
No prize awarded.
Graduate: Heather Loyd (University of California, Los Angeles), for “Language Socialization in Nicastro, Italy.”
No prize awarded.
Graduate: Joseph Sung-Yul Park (University of California, Santa Barbara), for “Ideological Aspects of Korean EnglishYumeo.”
Graduate (two prizes awarded):
M. Eleanor Culley (University of Virginia), for “Learning to Listen: Confronting Two Meanings of ‘Language Loss’ in the Contemporary White Mountain Speech Community.”
Jonathan Larson (University of Michigan), for “Ambiguous Transparency: Résumé Fetishism in a Slovak Workshop.”
Graduate: Sarah Meacham (University of California, Los Angeles), for “Getting Schooled: Rehabilitative Practices in a Los Angeles Court School.”
Honorable mention, graduate: Angela Reyes (University of Pennsylvania), for “Emergent Paradigms of Asian American Identity.”