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1Name:  Dr. Keren Rice
 Institution:  University of Toronto
 Year Elected:  2014
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  406. Linguistics
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1950
Keren Rice is a linguist at the University of Toronto. She has made contributions to the areas of theoretical phonology, theoretical morphology, language description, and community-academy linguistics. She focuses on the study of Athabaskan languages of northern Canada. Her book A Grammar of Slave (1989) was awarded the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award from the Linguistic Society of America for the best book of the year. She currently serves as chair of the Department of Linguistics, and she was the founding director of the Aboriginal Studies program at the University of Toronto. She served as editor of the journal International Journal of American Linguistics for thirteen years, and she has served as president of both the Canadian Linguistic Association and the Linguistic Society of America; she is president-elect of Section Z of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is University Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, and the recipient of the Killam Prize and the Molson Prize, as well as an Officer of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2015 she was both elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and was awarded the Pierre Chauveau Medal of the Royal Society of Canada.
2Name:  Dr. Nicholas Sims-Williams
 Institution:  University of London
 Year Elected:  2014
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  406. Linguistics
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1949
Nicholas Sims-Williams is Research Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, whose faculty he joined in 1976. Nicholas Sims-Williams is an Iranologist, a philologist and linguist who has brought the little-known world of Iranian Central Asia to vivid life by his studies of religious texts, especially concerning Manichaeism and Buddhism, and everyday documents in a host of languages, above all Sogdian and Bactrian. The latter was practically lost to memory when Sims-Williams deciphered a trove of ancient legal documents and letters found in Afghanistan and identified their language as Bactrian, reconstructing its grammar and vocabulary and recovering six hundred years of a lost culture - "the most exciting discovery in Iranian Studies in the last two decades," as it was called in the introduction to his 2009 Festschrift. He was awarded the Prix Ghirshman of the Institut de France and the Hirayama Prize from the Institute of Silk Road Studies. Sims-Williams is the author of The Christian Sogdian Manuscript C2, 1985; Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan, Vol. I: Legal and Economic Documents, 2001; Recent Discoveries in the Bactrian Language and Their Historical Significance, 2004; (with F. de Blois) Dictionary of Manichaean Texts, Vol. II, Texts from Iraq and Iran, 2006; Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan, Vol. 2: Letters and Buddhist Texts, 2007. He is a member of the British Academy and the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France. He was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2014.
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