Dr Louise Nuttall wins PALA Prize.

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:00:00 BST

Congratulations to Linguistics lecturer Louise Nuttall who has been awarded the PALA Prize 2015. This is awarded by the Poetics and Linguistics Association for the best article published by a newcomer in the journal of Language and Literature.

Dr Nuttall’s article, entitled ‘Attributing minds to vampires in Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend’, was chosen by the journal’s editors to win the prize. The article is based on Louise’s doctoral research and is part of her forthcoming book to be published by Bloomsbury. This will be entitled Mind-style in Speculative Fiction: Applying Cognitive Grammar to Literary Discourse and will explore how writers use language to invite empathy with different kinds of minds in fiction. Louise said “I am very pleased to have been awarded the Prize and am proud to be the second member of the Linguistics and Modern Languages staff at Huddersfield to receive it, following colleague Dr Jane Lugea in 2013”.

PALA is an international association which is open to students and professionals around the world. As a student it is free to join and Louise is a long standing member of the group. The winner of the PALA prize was announced during the Association’s annual conference which took place at the University of Cagliari in Sardinia from 27 to 30 July 2016. This year the conference contained a strong contingent from Huddersfield which was reportedly the second biggest in attendance made up of staff and PHD students.

As part of the prize Dr Nuttall won a subscription to Language and Literature (the PALA journal), PALA membership for a year, and £250 in cash. Find out more about PALA.


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