Join Now and Membership Benefits
All are welcome to join the LSA! Your annual LSA membership gives you access to linguistic news and resources, and helps us to support the advancement of linguistics as a whole. Discounted membership rates are available.
The Linguistic Society of America is the major professional society in the United States that is exclusively dedicated to the advancement of the scientific study of language. With nearly 4,000 members, the LSA speaks on behalf of the field of linguistics and also serves as an advocate for sound educational and political policies that affect not only professionals and students of language, but virtually all segments of society. Founded in 1924, the LSA makes the case to governments, universities, foundations, and the public to support linguistic research and to see that our scientific discoveries are effectively applied.
Student memberships start as low as US$40 per year and regular memberships as low as US$95. Discounted rates are available for under- or unemployed members and for retired members with at least 20 years of continuous membership. For a one-time fee, Life memberships exempt you from paying further membership dues and can represent a considerable cost savings over the course of your career.
Only individuals may become members of the LSA. Institutions such as libraries may only purchase a subscription to Language.
Your timely membership renewal helps the LSA cut down on postage and mailing costs, and assists us in our long-range work with LSA members and other linguists, the media, and the public.
Members receive four issues of Language and are eligible to submit abstracts for the Annual LSA meetings and apply for tuition fellowships to the biennial Linguistic Institute. There also is the intangible, but equally important, benefit that comes from knowing that membership supports the many significant educational and societal contributions of the LSA. A complete list of the benefits LSA membership confers is described in this section.
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