Outstanding Undergraduate Dissertation in Linguistics

Since 2017, the LAGB has awarded three prizes for outstanding dissertations or long-form essays in any subfield(s) 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 2018 prize are now open. 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. 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 29th June 2018. 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 2018. All nominated dissertations will be recognised (along with the winners) on the LAGB website.

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

Past Winners


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

Longlisted 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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