Winners of 2008 Dr. Joseph Hašek Student Awards

The winner of the undergraduate Josef Hašek SVU Student award is Kathryn Wallace of the University of California at Berkeley. She was awarded the prize for her excellent and well documented study “ROCK ‚n‘ REVOLUTION: ROCK MUSIC AND CZECH POLITICS IN THE 1960s-1970s“. The title of her paper is provocative, but she makes her arguments clearly and convicingly, proving how the music of the „Second Culture“ was an important element of the dissident scene in Czechoslovakia.

The winner of the graduate award is Susana Hancock of the University of Tromso, Norway who wrote this paper for an MA-level course in cognitive linguistics. The study bears the title “AN ANALYSIS OF ASPECTUAL COERCION IN do-PREFIXED CZECH VERBS“. Susana Hancock’s paper is based upon and builds a significant extension of William Croft’s work on verbal aspect. This beautifully written paper is an original piece of research and truly deserves the award.

The SVU Student Awards Committee, composed of Prof. Ivo Feierabend (University of San Diego), Prof. Milan Hauner (University of Wisconsin) and Prof. Věra Bořkovec (American University) unanimously agreed that these two papers were exceptionally well written and showed thorough and exhaustive research, which made them worthy of the awards.

Each student will receive a check for $250 , a year’s free membership in the SVU and the bimonthly newsletter Zprávy SVU. They will also receive a diploma and the announcement of their awards will be made on September 12 at the General Assembly meeting of SVU in Ružomberok, Slovakia.

The Student Awards Committee and the SVU Executive Board congratulate Kathryn Wallace and Susana Hancock on their achievements and wish them all the best in their future studies.

– VB