Outstanding Undergraduate Dissertation in Linguistics

Since 2017, the LAGB has awarded three prizes annually for outstanding dissertations or long-form essays in any subfield of linguistics written by undergraduates. Each prize consists of a £100 cash award and one year's free membership of the LAGB.

Nominations for the 2019 prize are now closed. The LAGB invites each UK university with an undergraduate teaching programme in linguistics to nominate one undergraduate dissertation or long essay, which may be on any topic within the field of linguistics. The submission should be a major, original pieces of undergraduate work. As a rough guide, we expect submissions to be around 8,000 words in length (equivalent to a 25-page article in Journal of Linguistics), but longer or shorter submissions will be accepted, as we recognise that different programmes have different requirements. The fundamental criteria are originality and excellence.

Nominations should be emailed to lagbsubmissions@gmail.com by 1 July 2019. The nomination email should include as attachments: (1) a PDF of the dissertation or long essay, and (2) a completed version of the nomination form, available for download here. Programmes may determine their own process for choosing which dissertation or long essay to nominate.

The LAGB committee will choose 3 winners from the submissions. Each winner will receive a £100 cash prize as well as a free one-year LAGB membership. Winners will be announced by mid-August 2019. All nominated students will be recognised (along with the winners) on the LAGB website, subject to the students' consent.

Questions should be sent to Jamie White, Assistant Secretary, at j.c.white@ucl.ac.uk.


Winners and shortlists

2019

Rebecka Elm (University of Edinburgh) for The Diachronic Development of Substitutive DO in Old to Middle French and Middle English: A Comparative Study Using Parsed Corpora

Katie Gascoigne (University of Leeds) for The Effects of Accent Familiarity on Lexical Processing

Justin Malčić (University of Cambridge) for The Asymmetry and Antisymmetry of Syntax: A Relational Approach to Displacement

Shortlisted students: Thea Graves (University of Nottingham), Julia Hebron (University of York), Barnaby Murray (University College London), Evelyn Williams (University of Aberdeen). 

2018

Sana Kidwai (University College London) for Case-(Mis)Matching in Urdu Sluicing

Eloisa Lillywhite (University of Kent) for Whose Body is it Anyway? A Corpus Study of Transgender Representation in Children's Fiction

Tamisha Tan (University of Cambridge) for Verb-Copying Resultatives in Colloquial Singapore English

Shortlisted students: Kinza Akbar (University of Sheffield), Oliver Rainford (University of Aberdeen), Abby Weilding (University of Leeds). 

2017

Sarah Asinari (Queen Mary University of London) for Case Syncretism in Russian Numeral Constructions

Charlotte Liu (University College London) for It’s all Cantonese to me: Designing a non-word repetition set for Cantonese

Huinan Zeng (University of Sheffield) for The underspecification of the [CORONAL] feature: A study on the perception of word-medial mispronunciation in Mandarin

Shortlisted students: Charlotte Bush (Lancaster University), Georgia-Ann Carter (University of Kent), Samuel Crowe (University of York), Jonne Kramer (University of Westminster), Elliott Land (University of Huddersfield), Marilena Onisiforou (University of Manchester), Oliver Sayeed (University of Cambridge).


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