Methods XV

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Young Scholar Prizes awarded

Jack Chambers presented the first Chambers Young Scholar Awards at Methods XV, Groningen on Thursday, August 14. The prize was generously sponsored by Cambridge University Press and was open to students or scholars whose Ph.D. was earned less than three years earlier. The winners were determined by a large jury based on the quality of the presentation and on the paper's contribution to dialectology, i.e., on the cogency and clarity of the argument, the importance of the issue involved, and on the innovation the paper represents.

The 2014 award winners (shown in the photo) were Anne-Sophie Ghyselen (Ghent) for "Stabilization of Flemish tussentaal: The style-shifting behavior in West-Flanders as a test case" and Simon Pickl (Salzburg) for "Fuzzy dialect areas and prototype theory discovering latent structures in geolinguistic variation".

Chambers prize winners
Chambers prize winners

Bill Kretzschmar presented the Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen award for best poster by a young scholar at the Methods XV banquet. The prize competition was generously sponsored by the Alliance for Digital Humanities Organizations and was open to students or scholars whose Ph.D. was earned less than three years earlier. The choice was determined by a three-member jury based on the poster's graphic quality and on its contribution to dialectology, i.e., on the cogency and clarity of the argument, the importance of the issue involved, on the innovation the poster represents.

The 2014 winners were Stephanie Leser & Lea Schäfer (Marburg) for "Imitation as a method of measuring salience and borrowing" and Martijn Wieling (Groningen) for "Validating and using the PMI-based Levenshtein distance as a measure of foreign accent strength".


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