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AVT/Anéla Dissertation Award

The AVT and the Dutch Society for Applied Linguistics (Anéla) annually gives out a award for a dissertation in the area of linguistics.

Call for nominations AVT/Anéla dissertation award

After many successful previous awards, this year too we shall select a dissertation for the AVT/Anéla dissertation award, the winner of which shall be announced at the language gala of the Dutch Annual Linguistics Day. For the 2022 AVT/Anéla dissertation award all PhD dissertations defended between 16 July 2021 and 15 July 2022 are eligible.

We invite you to submit (motivated) nominations for candidates for the award. The nomination should reach us by the 15th of August 2022 via this online form.

Secretary of the jury is dr. Gudrun Reijnierse (for Anéla); the second secretary is dr. Eva van Lier (for AVT). For more information about the AVT/Anéla dissertation award 2021, please contact Gudrun or Eva.

Dissertation award 2021

The winner of the AVT/Anéla Dissertation Award is.... Ulrika Klomp! Many congratulations!

Ulrika Klomp receives the award for her thesis 'A descriptive grammar of Sign Language of the Netherlands'. She describes the sociohistorical background, phonology, morphology, and syntax of Dutch Sign Language. Het is one of the first complete grammatical descriptions of a sign language ever, and the jury describes it as an excellent blueprint for future work in the area. Additionally, the thesis contributes to the promotion of Dutch Sign Language as a recently recognised minority language in the Netherlands.

The jury this year consisted of:

Connie de Vos (chair, Tilburg University)
Gertjan Postma (Meertens Instituut)
Sebastiaan Dönszelmann (Vrije Universiteit)
Charlotte Gooskens (Groningen University)
Haike Jacobs (Radboud University)

Video presentations Dissertation award

The following three candidates were shortlisted by the jury, and they present their work in the video below:

  • Nantke Pecht (Maastricht University)- Language Contact in a Mining Community. A study of variation in personal pronouns and progressive aspect in Cite Duits
  • Ulrika Klomp (Universiteit van Amsterdam) - A descriptive grammar of Sign Language of the Netherlands
  • John Huisman (Radboud Universiteit) - Variation in form and meaning across the Japonic language family with a focus on the Ryukyuan languages




LOT Popularisation Prize

At the Language Gala, the winner of the LOT Popularisation Prize is also announced. This prize is intended to stimulate outreach initiatives about a linguistic subject. The contribution can take many different shapes: articles, books, videos, radio- or tv programmes, websites, blogs, events, etc.

This year, LOT also awards the 'oeuvre prize' to Peter Arno Coppen. Congratulations!

The five initiatives that were shortlisted for the LOT Popularisation Prize are the following, and they introduce their initiatives in the videos below:





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