Corpora: $1000 for a linguistics term paper?! Again??!

From: Philip Resnik (
Date: Thu Nov 16 2000 - 23:49:13 MET

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    [Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this posting.]

    How often does an undergraduate get a chance to make a thousand bucks
    for a well written paper?

    The answer: Annually! (See last year's results below.)

    Now in its third year, competition for the University of Maryland
    Undergraduate Essay Prize in Linguistics is officially underway
    -- the formal announcement is below and on the Web at
    <>. Submissions can be papers
    written last year, or, since there's a December 15, 2000 deadline,
    students can write something new for the competition -- yes, they can
    even polish up and submit a term paper written for a course this fall.

    Faculty, please encourage your students to submit papers!

    Students, please submit those papers you're about to be working on!

    And everyone, please feel free to forward this announcement to other
    bulletin boards or mailing lists where there might be interest.


      Philip Resnik, Assistant Professor
      Department of Linguistics and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

      1401 Marie Mount Hall UMIACS phone: (301) 405-6760
      University of Maryland Linguistics phone: (301) 405-8903
      College Park, MD 20742 USA Fax : (301) 405-7104 E-mail:

    The University of Maryland Undergraduate Essay Prize in Linguistics

    The University of Maryland Department of Linguistics is pleased to
    announce the 2000/2001 University of Maryland Undergraduate Essay
    Prize in Linguistics, an international competition now in its third

    The prize of $1000 will be awarded for the best undergraduate student
    essay on a topic in linguistics, and the winning essay will be
    published in the 2001 University of Maryland Working Papers in

    Submissions may be in the areas of computational linguistics, formal
    semantics, language acquisition, language change, lexical semantics,
    neurolinguistics, phonology, psycholinguistics, and formal syntax.

       * Eligibility. Applicants must at the time of submission be enrolled at
         least half time in an undergraduate program of study leading to a
         bachelor's degree or equivalent, and must not already possess any
         degree in linguistics. Essays should have been written within the
         previous or current academic year, and must represent the original work
         of the applicant. Previously published essays will not be considered
         for the award. Current and former students of the University of
         Maryland, College Park are ineligible.

       * Deadline. Applicants must submit three (3) copies of the essay to the
         address listed below, to be received no later than December 15, 2000.
         Late submissions will not be considered.

       * Length and format. Essays must be submitted in English, typed or
         word-processed in no smaller than 10-point font, single-sided,
         double-spaced, and on white paper, with at least 1-inch margins on all
         sides. Applicants should use single-spaced endnotes rather than
         footnotes, and follow style guidelines of either the Modern Language
         Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA).
         Essays must be no longer than twenty pages, excluding bibliography,
         including at most two pages of endnotes. Essays not conforming to these
         instructions will not be considered.

         The applicant's name must not be included on the essay, since reviewing
         is anonymous. Instead, include a cover sheet listing the title of the
         essay, applicant's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if
         available), school and program attending, year in the program, and the
         topic area or areas of the essay (taken from the list above).

       * Judging. All essays will be judged anonymously by the Faculty in
         Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

       * Award. The Essay Prize of $1000 will be awarded in February 2001, and
         the winning essay included in the 2001 Maryland Working Papers in
         Linguistics. The Department reserves the right not to award the prize
         in a given year and may change the terms of the award for future

    Submissions should be sent to:

    Undergraduate Essay Prize
    Department of Linguistics
    1401 Marie Mount Hall
    University of Maryland
    College Park, MD 20742-7505 USA

    Inquiries should be directed to the above address, or to the Undergraduate
    Essay Prize Coordinator: Philip Resnik,,
    (301) 405-8903.

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    Last year's results

     Winner: Jason Kandybowicz, Rutgers
      The reiterated numeral construction

     Honorable Mention: Cliff Crawford, Cornell
      A condition on wh-extraction and what it reveals about the syntactic
      structure of Tagalog

     Honorable Mention: Janet Eisenband, UPenn
      The use of gender information in pronoun resolution

     Honorable Mention: Rebecca Hanson, Calgary
      Fusion and the acquisition of S-nasal clusters

     Honorable Mention: Peter J. Vasquez, UCLA
      Linguistic ability in the right hemisphere: evidence from
      language development in two left hemispherectomies

     Honorable Mention: Lynsey Kay Wolter, Swarthmore
      The case of predicates: questions of control and binding

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