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De Gruyter-sponsored prizes in linguistics awarded

August 22, 2018

Three prizes in linguistics, sponsored by De Gruyter Mouton, have been awarded.

In October 2017, De Gruyter Mouton established the new biannual Joshua A. Fishman Award for outstanding dissertation on the sociology of language. The Joshua A. Fishman Award honors the best recently unpublished dissertation on a topic pertaining to the sociology of language. The award, which carries a cash prize of EUR 3,000, is intended to recognize scholars in the early stages of their careers working on sociology of language.

De Gruyter Mouton received many excellent submissions from a global group of early career scholars. The judges evaluated the work for quality, originality, and promise. The 2018 winner of the Joshua A. Fishman Award is:

Alexandra Grey (University of Sydney)
How do language rights affect minority languages in China? An ethnographic investigation of the Zhuang minority language under conditions of rapid social change

Of Dr. Grey’s work, the award judges said:  “it makes a fabulous theoretical contribution” with findings that “decenter all types of sociolinguistic assumptions.” Upon review, De Gruyter Mouton decided to award a second prize to another outstanding submission. The second place is awarded to:

Haley de Korne (University of Oslo)
Imagining Convivial Multilingualism:  Practices, Ideologies, and Strategies in Diidxazá/ Isthmus Zapotec Indigenous Language Education

In addition, the 12th International Free Linguistics Conference in Malaysia offered Young Linguist Awards of which De Gruyter Mouton sponsored three Best Paper Awards that carried a total of RM 2,000. The winners are:

1st place:
Ignatius Tri Endarto (Duta Wacana Christian University, Indonesia)
Indonesian English:  A Corpus-Based Lexical Analysis

2nd place:
Teresita H. Borress (Central Mindanao University, Philippines)
Phonological Features Of Contemporary Spoken Binukid

3rd place:
Amir Rashad (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Silent Syntactic Structures In Malay:  Copula Clauses

Furthermore, De Gruyter Mouton sponsored a Best Paper Award for the Fifth International Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) in London carrying a 500 EUR voucher for De Gruyter titles. The awardee is:

Isobelle Clarke (University of Birmingham)
for her presentation A multidimensional analysis of English twitter

Two presenters were selected ‘proxime accessit’:

Isabelle Burke (Monash University)
for her presentation The Jespersen Cycle in Australian English


Nele Poldvere (Lund University)
for her presentation What cause you were knackered? The reactive what-x construction in two corpora of Present-Day spoken English

De Gruyter
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