Announcing the 2015 Sapir Prize Entries


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. The following 12 books have been submitted and are now being considered for the Edward Sapir Book Award. Winner(s) will be announced to the SLA membership at the SLA Business Meeting, held during the AAA Annual Meeting in Denver (November 18–22).

Click on the cover images for more information about each book from the publisher’s website.



Enfield, N. J. 2013. Relationship Thinking: Agency, Enchrony, and Human Sociality. Oxford University Press.



García-Sánchez, Inmaculada M. 2014. Language and Muslim Immigrant Childhoods: the Politics of Belonging. Wiley-Blackwell.



Garde, Murray. 2013. Culture, Interaction, and Person Reference in an Australian Language. John Benjamins Publishing Company.



Green, Jennifer. 2014. Drawn from the Ground: Sound, Sign, and Inscription in Central Australian Sand Stories. Cambridge University Press.



Kohav, Alex Shalom. 2013. The Sôd Hypothesis: Phenomenological, Cognitive, and Noetic-Literary Recovery of the Pentateuch’s Embedded Inner-Core Mystical Initiation Tradition of Ancient Israelite Cultic Religion. MaKom Publications.



Jackson, Jennifer. 2013. Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar. Wiley-Blackwell.



Pavlenko, Aneta. 2014. The Bilingual Mind: And What it Tells Us about Language and Thought. Cambridge University Press.



Shaul, David Leedom. 2014. A Prehistory of Western North America: the Impact of Uto-Aztecan Languages. University of New Mexico Press.



Wilf, Eitan Y. 2014. School for Cool: the Academic Jazz Program and the Paradox of Institutionalized Creativity. University of Chicago Press.



Wirtz, Kristina. 2014. Performing Afro-Cuba: Image, Voice, Spectacle in the Making of Race and History. University of Chicago Press.



Wolf, Richard K. 2014. The Voice in the Drum: Music, Language, and Emotion in Islamicate South Asia. University of Illinois Press.



Wong, Jock O. 2014. The Culture of Singapore English. Cambridge University Press.




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