Each year, the President of the LSA has the honor of delivering the Presidential Address at the Annual Meeting. Click here to view available titles, abstracts and links to the addresses as published articles in Language



2017 Larry Hyman

2016 Alice C.Harris

2015 John R. Rickford

2014 Joan Maling 

2013 Ellen Kaisse 

2012 Keren Rice 


2011 Sandra Chung

2010 David Lightfoot

2009 Sarah Thomason 

2008 Ellen Prince (1944-2010)

2007 Stephen R. Anderson 

2006 Sally McConnell-Ginet 

2005 Mark Aronoff 

2004 Joan Bybee

2003 Ray Jackendoff 

2002 Frederick J. Newmeyer

2001 Walt Wolfram

2000 David Perlmutter

1999 Joan Bresnan

1998 D. Terence Langendoen

1997 Janet D. Fodor

1996 James D. McCawley (1938-1999)

1995 Emmon Bach (1929-2014)

1994 Kenneth L. Hale (1934-2001)

1993 Lila R. Gleitman

1992 Arnold M. Zwicky

1991 Charles J. Fillmore (1929-2014)

1990 Robert P. Austerlitz (1923-1994) 

1989 William O. Bright (1928-2006)

1988 Calvert Watkins (1933-2013) 

1987 Elizabeth C. Traugott

1986 Barbara H. Partee

1985 Victoria A. Fromkin (1923-2000) 

1984 Henry Kahane (1902-1992)

1983 Arthur S. Abramson

1982 Dell H. Hymes (1927-2009)

1981 Fred W. Householder (1913-1994)

1980 Ilse Lehiste (1922-2010)

1979 William Labov

1978 Peter Ladefoged (1925-2006)

1977 Joseph H. Greenberg (1915-2001)

1976 Rulon S. Wells (1919-2008)

1975 Thomas A. Sebeok (1920-2001) 

1974 Morris Halle

1973 Winfred P. Lehmann (1916-2007)

1972 Dwight L. Bolinger (1907-1992)

1971 Eric P. Hamp

1970 Charles A. Ferguson (1921-1998)

1969 Archibald A. Hill (1902-1992)

1968 Eugene A. Nida (1914-2011)

1967 William G. Moulton (1907-2000)

1966 J Milton Cowan (1907-1993)

1965 Yakov Malkiel (1914-1998)

1964 Charles Hockett (1916-2000)

1963 Mary R. Haas (1910-1996)

1962 Albert H. Marckwardt (1903-1975) 

1961 Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2000)

1960 George L. Trager (1906-1992)

1959 Harry Hoijer (1904-1976) 

1958 Henry Hoenigswald (1915-2003)

1957 W. Freeman Twaddell (1906-1982)

1956 Roman Jakobson (1896-1982)

1955 Zellig Harris (1909-1992) 

1954 Charles F. Voegelin (1906-1986)

1953 Bernard Bloch (1907-1965)

1952 George S. Lane (1902-1981)

1951 Joshua Whatmough (1897-1964)

1950 Einar Haugen (1906-1994)

1949 Murray B. Emeneau (1904-2005)

1948 Hayward Keniston (1883-1970)

1947 Albrecht Goetze (1897-1971)

1946 E. Adelaide Hahn (1893-1967)

1945 Y. R. Chao (1892-1982) 

1944 Kemp Malone (1889-1971)

1943 Fred N. Robinson (1871-1966)

1942 Hans Kurath (1891-1992)

1941 Roland G. Kent (1877-1952)

1940 A. L. Kroeber (1876-1960)

1939 Charles C. Fries (1887-1967)

1938 Louis H. Gray (1875-1955)

1937 Carl D. Buck (1866-1955)

1936 George T. Flom (1871-1960)

1935 Leonard Bloomfield (1887-1949)

1934 Franklin Edgerton (1885-1963)

1933 Edward Sapir (1884-1939)

1932 George Melville Bolling (1871-1963)

1931 Edgar Howard Sturtevant (1875-1952)

1930 Eduard Prokosch (1876-1938)

1929 Charles H. Grandgent(1862-1939)

1928 Franz Boas (1858-1942)

1927 Carl D. Buck (1866-1955)

1926 Maurice Bloomfield (1855-1928)

1925 Hermann Collitz (1855-1935)