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Thesis prize 2020-2022 for Martijn Kingma

Thesis prize winner Martijn Kingma, Aafke Bonnet-Bekkema with honourable mention and en managing director Nelleke IJssennagger-van der Pluijm. Photo: Marieke Balk

The Fryske Akademy's biennial thesis prize, covering the 2020-2022 college years, has been won by (Marco) Martijn Kingma. He received the prize at Akademydei 2022, Friday, Sept. 16, for his masterthesis, Phonetic Aspects of Centring Diphthongs in Frisian. The case of /iə/ and /ɪə/, completed at the Department of European Linguistics at the University of Groningen on June 16, 2021.

According to the jury, Kingma's thesis excels in terms of clarity of presentation and reasoning. It is a well-designed study that has taken a lot of work. The text is well written and contains not only an interesting analysis and results, but also an up to date overview of what there is already to know about Frisian phonetics. The thesis is thus a very valuable contribution to Frisian Linguistics.

Honorable mention
There was an honorable mention for Aafke Bonnet-Bekkema from Drachten for her masterthesis 'Sinterklaas modernizes: tradition full of change'. The celebration of the unorganized Sinterklaas party in Leeuwarden, Groningen, Hoorn and regions the Frisian Wouden, Hogeland, Oldambt and West Friesland in the period 1875-1950. She completed the thesis for the Art and Cultural Studies program at the Open University Heerlen on Sept. 25, 2020. The thesis gives a very nice picture of how the Sinterklaas celebration modernized in city and region. A topical subject, which she has presented very nicely by choosing a surprising angle and combining different methods.

The jury this time consisted of Dr. Han Nijdam (researcher of Old Frisian) and linguists Dr. Anne Merkuur and Nika Stefan of the Fryske Akademy. A total of seven theses came in for the jury to evaluate.

Thesis Award
The thesis prize of the Fryske Akademy is a biennial prize for the best thesis research in the field of the Frisian language and culture. This 'Skripsjepriis' was established at the fiftieth anniversary of the Fryske Akademy in 1988, with the aim of encouraging students pursuing academic education to focus on Frisian themes. The prize consists of a sum of 1,000 (thousand) euros.