The award was established in 2013 by Professor Neil Smith, elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1999 and Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at University College London. This prize was first awarded in 2014.
Eligible nominations can be for a linguist of any nationality whose career has demonstrated the highest standards of achievement and scholarship. Preference will be given to theoretical linguists, though all linguists will be eligible.
How to nominate
Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy. Nomination forms are available from the Fellows area of the British Academy website.
Nominating body: Section H4
2016 Sir John Lyons FBA, University of Cambridge
2015 Professor William Labov, University of Pennsylvania
2014 Professor Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology