Awards & Grants
News about prestigious awards, or about grants and other funding sources.
The “Roger Shuy Best Paper of 2020” prize for the journal American Speech was awarded to an article (“Dative Country: Markedness and Geographical Variation in Southern Dative Constructions”) co-authored by four members of the Yale Linguistics Department: Jim Wood, Raffaella Zanuttini, Larry Horn and Jason Zentz.
Milena Šereikaitė received the prestigious “Best paper in Language Award”, together with her co-authors Julie Anne Legate, Faruk Akkuş and Donald Ringe. Their article “On passives of passives” (Language 96:4, December 2020) furthers our understanding of the notion of voice and provides an account of the well-known but mysterious observation that verbs cannot be passivized twice.
Linguistics major Josephine Holubkov ‘24 has won Babel magazine’s Young Writers’ Competition. Josephine is a member of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project and has served as NACLO chair of the Yale Undergraduate Linguistics Society. As described on its website, “Babel is the quarterly language magazine that brings you cutting-edge linguistic research in an accessible and colourful format”.
Every year the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) elects a number of fellows “who have made distinguished contributions to the discipline.” The fellows for 2020 are “nine of the field’s leading linguists,” one of whom is Professor Claire Bowern. The Yale Linguistics Department joins the LSA in congratulating Claire on this achievment, which is more than well-deserved considering her high-quality research, teaching, mento
Many students, faculty, and alumni of Yale linguistics, as well as colleagues from nearby Haskins Laboratories, presented their work at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this month. They contributed at least 14 talks and posters to the conference and enjoyed a full week of presentations about phonetics, connecting with colleagues and friends from all over the world.
Bob Frank has been awarded a grant by the NSF on the topic of “Inductive Biases for the Acquisition of Syntactic Transformations in Neural Networks.” This work, in collaboration with Tal Linzen of Johns Hopkins, will explore the degree to which explicit innate biases are needed to learn linguistic mappings, whether between linguistic forms (e.g., active/passive or declarative/interrogative) or between forms and meanings.
Graduate students Sarah Babinski and Muye (Andy) Zhang have won IPA Student Awards for their submissions to the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2019, which takes place in Melbourne, Australia from August 5-9. The 49 awards granted for this Congress are awards by the International Phonetic Association for the submitted conference papers based on reviews, of 368 student submissions, by the IPA Committee on Conference Sponsorships and Student Awards.
Professor Veneeta Dayal, the newest member of the department’s ladder faculty, has been appointed the Dorothy R. Diebold Professor of Linguistics. This endowed professorship was most recently held by Professor Emeritus Steve Anderson, who retired in 2017. Read the University’s announcement here.
The award “honors faculty members at Convocation for their exemplary qualities as mentors.”
The MERIT award will support Kenneth’s research on reading and reading disabilities for five to ten years.
The award is given to the best paper presented at the annual conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences.
Two linguists were honored at this year’s Yale University Commencement.
Two Yale graduate students have been awarded fellowships in recognition of their outstanding work.
Congratulations to PhD candidate Gregg Castellucci, who has been awarded the 2016 Stetson Scholarship in Phonetics and Speech Science from the Acoustical Society of America!
Rikker will travel in May to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.
Graduate student Rikker Dockum has been awarded a three-year fellowship by the National Science Foundation through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Several members of the department will give talks, present posters, and receive awards.
The award is part of a collaborative NSF grant with linguists at UC Santa Cruz.
Jason will receive the 1st place award out of all abstracts submitted by students to present at the annual LSA meeting.
The three-year grant, titled “Language as a Window on Prehistory,” will support the work of the historical linguistics lab at Yale.
The three-year grant, titled “The Morphosyntax of Pronouns in North American English,” will support the work of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project.
He will spend the summer working to document Tjupan, a highly endangered Wati langauge.
After graduating last May, Amalia has spent this academic year doing fieldwork on Máíhɨ̃ki in Peru. In the fall she will continue this research at UC Berkeley.
Several members of the department will be giving talks, presenting posters, and receiving awards.