Alum Awarded Best Paper in Language 2017

Alumnae Angelica Buerkin-Pontrelli, A&S ’11 BA (UPenn psychology PhD student), Prof. Geraldine Legendre (JHU); Jennifer Culbertson, A&S ’10 PhD (University of Edinburgh); and Thierry Nazzi (Université Paris Descartes) were presented with the 2017 Best Paper in Language Award at the LSA 2018 annual meeting. Congratulations! Pictured right are Angelica and Geraldine posing with the certificate at LSA 2018.

Their paper, entitled “Competing Models of Liaison Acquisition: Evidence from corpus and experimental data,” gives a detailed account of how children acquire lexical forms in French in environments with liaison.

Language is the journal of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), which has the broadest readership in the field of linguistics. Since 2012, the LSA presents this award each year for the best paper published in Language in a given year. See the LSA’s announcement of the award recipients from December 6, 2017 here.

Best Paper in Language Award 2017

Best Paper in Language Award 2017 certificate

“This paper serves as a role model for theoretically-driven and empirically-grounded work in language acquisition in the 21st century.”

Full Citation: Buerkin-Pontrelli, A., J. Culbertson, G. Legendre, & T. Nazzi. 2017. Competing Models of Liaison Acquisition: Evidence from corpus and experimental data. Language 93:1, 189-219.