DELAMAN Franz Boas Award

DELAMAN’s Franz Boas Award recognizes and honours junior scholars (for the 2019 award a Ph.D. awarded January 1, 2013 or later; early career documenters employed less than 5 years) who have done outstanding documentary work in creating a rich multimedia documentary collection of a particular language that is endangered or no longer spoken. The language documentation collection must be archived and made accessible in a DELAMAN archive (with no or only minimal access restrictions).

Nominations should include the following:

  • Name and email address of the collector
  • Name and email address of the nominator (if different — self-nomination is permitted)
  • Location of the collection (name of the DELAMAN archive)
  • Link to the collection (URL or persistent identifier)
  • Language(s) documented in the collection (including ISO 639-3 codes)
  • Brief description of the contents / coverage of the collection, including types of documentation; genre; size of collection (< 250 words)
  • Explanation of the significance of the collection, identifying what makes the collection an outstanding example of an archival endangered language collection (< 500 words)
  • CV of the collector

Submission deadline for nominations: June 15, 2018

The award is subject to approval by the DELAMAN board members

The award consists of a payment of US$500. In addition, the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC) will cover airfare and on-campus lodging up to a maximum of US$1500 to bring the winner to Honolulu for the 2017 conference to receive the award. Members of the DELAMAN board will publish a review of the the prize-winning work in Language Documentation & Conservation.

To be eligible, the documentary collection must be archived in a DELAMAN archive and provide rich audio and video documentation, keywords, comprehensive metadata, and explanatory material or guides, as well as transcription, translation and annotation of a subset of the collection.

Update: The first DELAMAN Franz Boas award has been given to Sonja Riesberg in 2017 for her work on the CELD corpus, see the statement from the selection panel here.