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2014 Outstanding Scholarly Publication

The Outstanding Scholarly Publication Award is given for a scholarly article published in Hispania. The Award was established by the Executive Council at it's July 2012 meeting; and the Award was presented for the first time at the 2013 Conference. The focus of the award alternates on an annual basis. The focus for all odd-numbered years is literature, film, and culture while the focus for even-numbered years is linguistics and language science/pedagogy. Thus, the focus for the 2014 award is linguistics and language science/pedagogy.


The article selected for the 2014 Outstanding Scholarly Publication Award is "Gender and Heritage Spanish Bilingual Grammars: A Study of Code-mixed Determiner Phrases and Copula Constructions.” The article appeared in the September 2012 issue of Hispania on pages 481-494. The authors on the article include Elena Valenzuela, Alma Ramírez Trujillo, Ana Faure, Ewelina Barski, Yolanda Pangtay, and Adriana Diez.

The members of the Selection Committee had the following comments about this article:

The article provides practical information for Spanish educators regarding how heritage speakers differ fromexpected monolingual baselines. The article also moves the academic discourse forward on universal grammar and the blurry line between L1 and L2 acquisition. Additionally, the article is notable for its experimental rigor.

Accepting the 2014 award is the lead author Elena Valenzuela from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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