The LSA publishes a series of educational and authoritative pamphlets on language-related issues. Written with the layperson in mind, FAQs have been used as instructional aids in Linguistics courses, at information sessions for undergraduates and prospective majors interested in linguistics courses, and as part of outreach program to professionals in other fields. Click on a title below to view a FAQ on-line or to download a pdf version.

Why Major in Linguistics?

How Many Languages Are There in the World?

How many Languages Are There in the World?

What is an Endangered Language?

What Is an Endangered Language

Does the Language I Speak Influence the Way I Think?

Does the Language I Speak Influence the Way I Think?

How Can I Communicate With a Relative Who's Had a Stroke?

How Can I Communicate With a Relative Who's Had a Stroke?

Is English Changing?

Is English Changing?

Language Acquisition

Language Acquisition

Bilingualism

Bilingualism

What is Ebonics?

What is Sign Language?

What is Sign Language

¿Qué es la Lengua de Señas?

What is Sign Language Spanish

Why Do Some People Have an Accent?

Linguistics and National Security

Linguistics and National Security

Raising Bilingual Children (En Español)

Raising Bilingual Children

Why Can't Computers Use English?

How Did Language Begin?

How Did Language Begin?