The award honors the memory of Mary R. Haas (1910–1996), Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and a founding member of the Linguistics Department, of which she was Chair from 1957–1964. There she founded the Survey of California Indian Languages and supervised the field work of dozens of doctoral students.
Haas was a notable scholar of many Indigenous languages of the Americas. Her doctoral dissertation, supervised by Edward Sapir, was a description of Tunica carried out with Sesostrie Youchigant, the last speaker of the language. She also worked with the last speakers of Natchez and Creek also publishing on Biloxi, Koasati, Choctaw, Alabama, Hichiti, Nitanat, Mobilian Jargon as well as on Thai and Burmese.
The Wikipedia entry on Mary R. Haas contains a fuller biography.
This award is presented to a junior scholar for an unpublished manuscript that makes a significant substantive contribution to knowledge about Indigenous American languages. Nominations may be made by anyone; however, the recipient must be a member of SSILA.
Although the award carries no financial stipend, the winning manuscript is eligible for publication under the Society’s auspices in the University of Nebraska Press series Studies in the Native Languages of the Americas.
To submit a manuscript for the Haas Award, send it in PDF format by email or on a CD by post to the Executive Secretary so as to arrive no later than May 15th each year. Please verify that it has in fact been received.
The date for receipt of submission is May 15 each year.
Manuscripts may be submitted in English, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish.
The manuscript submission should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the author’s dissertation advisor, detailing why the nominated dissertation is worthy of the Haas award.
Winning manuscripts in English will be considered by the University of Nebraska Press for its series, “Studies in the Native Languages of the Americas.”
For winning manuscripts in languages other than English, the Society will provide letters requesting special consideration by any potential publisher in light of the manuscript’s award-winning status.
Recipients of the Mary R. Haas Award
|2016||Jaime Germán Peña||A grammar of Wampis|
|2016||Konrad Arkadiusz Rybka (Honorable Mention)||The linguistic encoding of landscape in Lokano|
|2016||Lewis Lawyer (Honorable Mention)||A description of the Patwin language|
|2015||Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada||The Mako language: Vitality, grammar, and classification|
|2012||Indrek Park||A Grammar of Hidatsa|
|2011||Rosa Vallejos||A Grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla|
|2010||Lynda Boudreault||A Grammar of Sierra Popoluca (Soteapanec, a Mixe-Zoquean Language)|
|2009||Eladio (B'alam) Mateo Toledo||The Family of Complex Predicates in C'anjob'al (Maya): Their Syntax and Meaning|
|2008||Susan Smythe Kung||A Descriptive Grammar of Huehuetla Tepehua|
|2006||Nicholas Pharris||Winuunsi Tm Talapaas: A Grammar of the Molalla Language|
|2005||Frank Seifart||The Structure and use of Shape-Based Noun Classes in Miraña (North West Amazon)|
|2004||Kristine Stenzel||A Reference Grammar of Wanano|
|2003||Pilar Valenzuela||Transitivity in Shipibo-Konibo Grammar|
|2001||Roberto Zavala||Inversion and Other Topics in the Grammar of Olutec (Mixean)|
|2000||Sergio Meira||A Grammar of Tiriyo||Mouton de Gruyter, 2005|
|1999||Lynette Melnar||Caddo Verb Morphology||University of Nebraska Press, 2004|
|1998||Anna M. S. Berge||Topic and Discourse Structure in West Greenlandic Agreement Constructions||University of Nebraska Press, 2011|
|1997||Ivy Doak||Coeur d'Alene Grammatical Relations|
|1996||Sara Trechter||The Pragmatic Functions of Gender Deixis in Lakhota|
|1995||Shanley Allen||Acquisition of Some Mechanisms of Transitivity Alternation in Arctic Quebec Inuktitut||John Benjamins, 1996|
|1995||David Costa||The Miami-Illinois Language||University of Nebraska Press, 2003|
|1994||Hanni Woodbury||Concerning the League: The Iroquois League Tradition as Dictated in Onondaga by John Arthur Gibson||Algonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics, Memoir 9, 1992|
|1994||J. Randolph Valentine||Ojibwe Dialect Relationships|
|1993||Spike Gildea||Comparative Cariban Morphosyntax: On the Genesis of Ergativity in Independent Clauses|
|1992||Carolyn MacKay||Grammar of Misantla Totonac||University of Utah Press, 1999|
|1991||Randolph Graczyk||Incorporation and Cliticization in Crow Morphosyntax||University of Nebraska Press, 2007|
|1990||Willem de Reuse||Studies in Siberian Yup'ik Eskimo||University of Utah Press, 1994|