How BAAP works
In true British style, BAAP has never had a written constitution, and it operates by precedent, usage, and tradition, as represented in the collective memory of the members and in the minutes of previous business meetings. Although the absence of a constitution might be seen as a disadvantage, particularly if a collective memory does not emerge smoothly from the hazy and incompatible memories of individual members, it is in other ways an admirable arrangement which safeguards against legalism and allows BAAP to respond flexibly to changing circumstances.
Precedent suggests the following:
- Anyone whose career is in phonetics and who works in the British Isles or has a substantial professional connection with the British Isles, and who has attended a Colloquium, is eligible for election to membership. This includes postgraduate students who are likely to proceed to a career in phonetics. Election is by majority vote of members at their business meeting, held at each Colloquium.
- A president is elected, as required, by majority vote of members.
- The Eugénie Henderson Prize
- Participants presenting at the BAAP Colloquium for the first time are eligible for the Eugénie Henderson prizes: one for best poster and one for best oral presentation. The award of these is decided by majority vote of members.
- The Peter Ladefoged Prize
- The prize for the presentation which best captures the spirit of the phonetic legacy of the late Peter Ladefoged is awarded by majority vote of members.