William and Mary at the LSA

William and Mary at the LSA

Jennifer Wilson, '08

At the January meeting of the Linguistic Society of Americain Portland OR, Professor Jack Martin and alumna Jennifer Wilson '08  were honored for their work by the nationalorganization.  Jack received the LeonardBloomfield award for the best book in linguistics for 2011; his book,  AGrammar of Creek (Muskogee), published by the University of Nebraska Press,is the first modern grammar of a language still spoken by members of theMuscogee and Seminole nations of Oklahoma and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Jenny, now a PhD candidate at the University of Buffalo,   received the first place award for the beststudent abstracts; her paper, Evidence for Infixation after the FirstSyllable: Data from a Papuan Language, was based on field work she did for  her dissertation research. Jenny is now inLeipzig, Germany, where she has received a prestigious fellowship from the MaxPlanck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Besides Jack and Jenny, Anya Lunden, (faculty 2006-2010),Nick Deschenes '10, Chris Hart-Moynihan '11, Ann Bunger '97 and Elaine Francis'93 all presented their work at the conference. Other William and Mary linguists at the conference – faculty Erin Ament,Linda Lanz, Iyabo Osiapem, and Ann Reed, Dan Villareal ' 10, Leslie Cochrane 05',and Mark Riggleman '06 –cheered them on.