ALCS Essay Prize 2010

The committee of the ALCS are delighted to congratulate Dr Alan Scott and Ms Alice Paul on their winning essays in the ALCS Essay Prize for 2010. The two winners each receive £100 and one year’s free membership of the ALCS, which includes a subscription for 2011 to our award-winning academic journal Dutch Crossing, including access to the complete online archive of Dutch Crossing via the publisher’s website.

In the undergraduate category, Alice Paul’s well-argued essay Van rookbommen tot witte fietsen : Een onderzoek naar de invloed van Provo van 1965 tot vandaag examined the activities and influence of the counter-culture movement Provo. In the category for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers, Dr Scott’s winning essay tackled an area of Dutch language that many of us may be dimly aware of but have never given much thought. Titled The marking of feminine grammatical gender using female-marking suffixesDr Scott’s essayis a thought-provoking analysis of the habit in contemporary Dutch of using feminine suffixes, not just on animate nouns like koningin, dichteres, but, as his corpus data reveal, also referring to nouns that are inanimate, as in Het Onderwijs is behoedster van de cultuur(‘Education is the guardian[FEM] of culture’).

Other entries received across the two categories covered a wide spectrum, from the poetry of J.C. Bloem, to Dutch migrant literature, and – of interest to all of us who teach Dutch – the attitudes of British learners of Dutch to different native-speaker Dutch accents. It was pleasing to see a mix of entries across history, linguistics andliterature this year – and we look forward as ever to what next year’s entries will bring

Once again, hearty congratulations to both our winners. The deadline for entries each year is September 30th.