Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn (Germany). The award goes to researchers whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or findings have had a lasting effect on their discipline beyond their immediate research area and who are expected, moreover, to continue producing outstanding research in the future.


Leonard Bloomfield Book Award from the Linguistic Society of America for the “most outstanding contribution to the development of our understanding of language and linguistics.” The award honors by 2009 book “The life and death of Texas German” (Duke University Press), which presents the first major study of Texas German, a unique fusion of English and 19th century German. The book includes and in-depth analysis of the data in my Texas German Dialect Archive, an online digital archive of recordings, transcriptions and translations of interviews with more than 300 Texas German speakers. Please see this announcement.


Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn (Germany). A 12 month long fellowship to conduct research at the Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany). The fellowship is awarded for an on-going research project on multilingualism, language contact, language planning, and language policy, comparing different approaches towards multilingualism around the world. Fellowship begins in the summer of 2011, for three summers.


Humanities Research AwardCollege of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin. To support on-going research on multilingualism, language contact, language planning, and language policy, comparing different approaches towards multilingualism in Texas and around the world (2010-2012).


Hugo-Moser Förderpreis für Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft (Hugo-Moser Prize for Germanic Linguistics), awarded by the Institut für Deutsche Sprache (Institute for the German Language), Mannheim, Germany. For my on-going research on and documentation of Texas German, specifically for the Texas German Dialect Project at the University of Texas at Austin.


National Endowment for the Humanities FellowshipNational Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C. One-year long fellowship with release from teaching duties to complete my book manuscript on Texas German. The fellowship allowed me to complete the final three chapters of my manuscript and to revise the entire manuscript before submitting it to the editor of American Speech, which publishes its journal as well as its yearly supplemental with Duke University Press.


Postdoctoral Fellowship (One-year long fellowship for postdoctoral research at the International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley). Awarded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service), Bonn, Germany. To conduct research on lexical semantics and computational lexicography with the FrameNet project.