Linguistics Department

Lynda Boudreault Receives Mary Haas Award

Wed, August 25, 2010

Lynda de Jong Boudreault (Ph.D., 2009) will be receiving the Mary Haas Award from the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), for her dissertation entitled: "A Grammar of Sierra Popoluca (Soteapanec, a Mixe-Zoquean Language)." Sierra Popoluca is spoken in the state of Veracruz in Mexico. Dr. Boudreault's dissertation advisor was Professor Nora England of the Department of Linguistics.

The Mary Haas Award "is presented to a junior scholar for an unpublished manuscript that makes a significant substantive contribution to our knowledge of Native American languages."  The award will be formally made to Dr. Boudreault in early January 2011 at SSILA's annual meeting; that meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Linguistic Society of America, which this year will be in Pittsburgh, PA.

The award to Lynda Boudreault will be the 21st Mary Haas Award. With its presentation to Dr. Boudreault, students from The University of Texas at Austin will have won seven of those 21 awards, more than double the number received by students from any other university.  The awards recognize the enormous contributions that Professor Mary Haas (1910-1996), a longtime member of the faculty at the University of California Berkeley, made to the linguistic study of Native American languages.

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