The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place at the Hilton Chicago 3-6 January 2008, Chicago, IL. (Please note the new hotel venue; members holding room reservations at the Palmer House will have them automatically transferred to the new location.) The American Dialect Society, the American Name Society, the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences, and the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas will meet concurrently with the LSA.


Preliminary Program

The 2008 Annual Meeting will begin on Thursday, 3 January, at 4:00 p.m. Click on the link below for the preliminary program, subject to change.

Preliminary Program


Hotel Accommodations

The Hilton Chicago has reserved blocks of rooms for those attending the 2008 meeting. All guest rooms offer high speed internet, coffee makers, hairdryers, CD players, and personalized in-room listening (suitable for iPods). High speed internet access networks: 100% wireless access is available in all guest rooms and suites for a flat fee of $15.00 (for the entire stay). An additional fee is required for wireless access in the elevator floor lounges; please contact the hotel for rates. The Hilton Chicago's Fitness Center includes a jogging/walking track, sauna, tanning bed, sun deck and pool. Use of the pool is complimentary for guests; the cost to use all other Fitness Center facilities is $14.00 (for the entire stay). The special LSA room rates are:

Double Bed/Smaller Room
Queen Bed
2 Double Beds with 2 Baths
2 Double Beds
1 King Bed
1 King Bed Towers Floor
$104
$104
$104
$104
$104
$139

The Hilton reservation telephone numbers are 312-922-4400 and 1-800-HILTONS. All reservations are subject to availability if received after 21 December 2007. Guest check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and checkout time is 11:00 a.m. To receive the special room rates by phone, you must identify yourself as an LSA Meeting participant; if reserving on-line, you must use the discount code LNG. Click here to make hotel reservations.


Airfare

For your convenience, LSA has secured special discounts from the following airlines.

American Airlines, for travel from 1 January 2008 through 9 January 2008. To reserve on-line, please enter authorization numberA4518AK. To make a reservation by telephone, call 1-800-433-1790.

Continental Airlines, for travel from 28 December 2007 through 11 January 2008. You may book on-line and enter the codeZCP9AN4GV7 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights. If booking through a travel professional or Meeting Works (1-800-468-7022), provide the following information: Agreement CodeAN4GV7, Z CodeZCP9.

Midwest Airlines, for travel from 30 December 2007 to 9 January 2008. To make reservations on-line, please enterCMZ6928 in the Tour Code box. To make a reservation by telephone, call 1-800-452-2022 and provide the tour code number. If booking through a travel professional, provide the above code, followed byCM10.

United Airlines Reservations, schedule and ticketing information may be obtained by calling the MeetingsPlus Reservation Service Center (1-800-521-4041) and referencing meeting ID Tour Code577PB. The MeetingsPlus Reservation Service Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (ET), and Saturday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Northwest Airlines (TBA)


Transportation to Hilton Chicago from the airports

From O'Hare

Taxi

A taxi from O'Hare airport to the Hilton will be about $35.

Shuttle van

Airport Express operates vans from the airport to downtown destinations, leaving every 10 to 15 minutes. The fare depends on the number of people traveling to the same destination:

To/From O'Hare:
One person, one way: $27; round trip $49.
Two people, one way: $19/each; round trip $35/each.
3+ people, one way: $14/each; round trip $27/each.

A $2-off coupon is available on their website: http://www.airportexpress.com/

No reservation is needed to go from the airport to the hotel; reservation needed for hotel-to-airport leg. Call 1-888-284-3826.

Public transportation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line "L" train goes from O'Hare airport to downtown. You can either get off at the Blue Line Jackson stop, walk three blocks east to Michigan, then four blocks south to the Hilton. Or you can get a bit closer by transferring to the Red Line at the Jackson stop (a one block walk through an underground tunnel), take the Red Line south one stop to Harrison, and then walk two blocks east to Michigan and one block south to the Hilton. Fare is $2; there is no additional charge for the transfer. (See also "The LSA meetings on a budget" for discussion of CTA visitors passes.)

Note on shuttle from the Palmer House

One unfortunate aspect of the change in venue of our meetings is that the new venue, Hilton Chicago, is less convenient to the various CTA train lines (including the lines going to and from the airports) than the Palmer House. In recognition of this inconvenience to LSA members, the Hilton will provide a free shuttle bus running once an hour between the Palmer House (17 E. Monroe) and Hilton Chicago for all days of the meeting. The shuttle will leave the Palmer House on the hour, departing from the Wabash Avenue side of the hotel. If you are taking public transportation and do not wish to walk far after emerging from the CTA station, consider using the shuttle. To go to the Palmer House from O'Hare, take the Blue Line to the Monroe station and walk one block east to State Street.

From Midway airport

Taxi

A taxi from Midway airport to the Hilton will be about $25.

Airport shuttle

Airport Express operates vans from the airport to downtown destinations, leaving every 10 to 15 minutes. The fare depends on the number of people traveling to the same destination:

To/From Midway:
One person, one way: $22; round trip $37.
Two people, one way: $15/each; round trip $27/each.
3+ people, one way: $12/each; round trip $22/each.

A $2-off coupon is available on their website: http://www.airportexpress.com/

No reservation is needed to go from the airport to the hotel; reservation needed for hotel-to-airport leg. Call 1-888-284-3826.

Public transportation

Take the CTA Orange line "L" train from Midway to the Roosevelt stop. Walk one block east to Michigan Ave, turn left and walk three blocks to the Hilton. Fare is $2. (See also "The LSA meetings on a budget" for discussion of CTA visitors passes.)

Note on shuttle from the Palmer House

As noted above, one unfortunate aspect of the change in venue of our meetings is that the new venue, Hilton Chicago, is less convenient to the various CTA train lines, including the lines going to and from the airports. In recognition of this inconvenience to LSA members, the Hilton will provide a free shuttle bus running once an hour between the Palmer House (17 E. Monroe) and Hilton Chicago for all days of the meeting. The shuttle will leave the Palmer House on the hour, departing from the Wabash Avenue side of the hotel. If you are taking public transportation and do not wish to walk far after emerging from the CTA station, consider using the shuttle. To go to the Palmer House from Midway, take the Orange Line to the Adams station and walk one block north on Wabash to Monroe.


Parking

Some LSA members coming from downstate Illinois or nearby states may be planning to drive to the meetings. Please be advised that the parking rates at the Hilton Chicago are quite high: $41 per day for self-parking and $45 per day for valet parking.
For rates which are lower (probably in the $20/day range) try the parking lots and garages on the streets just west of the hotel - Wabash, State, Plymouth Court - south of Congress Parkway. If you plan to use the car while in Chicago, ask about "in and out" rates. Street parking is extremely difficult in this neighborhood. You will need to pay for garage parking if you bring a car.


The LSA meetings on a budget

Hostel

The new venue for the LSA meetings is two blocks from a large, well-run hostel (open to anyone, not just to students). Students and other linguists on an extremely tight budget may wish to check with the hostel for room availability. Rates are $27-33 ([+/- weekend], [+/- private bath]) plus local and state tax, per person, per night, plus an extra $3/night if you are not a Hostelling International member. Free breakfast and free wifi are provided. Reviews and a few photos may be found on tripadvisor.com.

HI-Chicago, 24 E Congress Parkway, Chicago IL 60605 312 360-0300.
www.hichicago.org

CTA

The CTA trains (and buses) provide an inexpensive way to get around. The fare is $2. Directions to the hotel from the airports via CTA are given above; the trains can also take you to neighborhoods with inexpensive restaurants. LSA members should note that the meetings are in the southern part of the Loop, the financial center of Chicago. There are few inexpensive restaurants near the hotel (in fact, there are very few good restaurants at any price level near the hotel). It is possible to eat well and cheaply in Chicago, at Chinese, Vietnamese, Latin American, and Polish places, for example, but you will need to use the "L" trains to get to those neighborhoods. (The restaurant guide for the meetings lists inexpensive places and explains how to get there by "L".)

CTA visitors passes

You may wish to consider getting a visitors pass for the CTA. You can order a pass ahead of time online ( http://www3.yourcta.com/ ), buy one at the CTA stations at O'Hare or Midway, or buy one downtown at the hostel two blocks north of the Hilton. A one day pass is $5, two day pass is $9, and a three day pass is $12, good for unlimited train and bus rides during that time. The period of time is reckoned from the first time you use it. For example, if you land at O'Hare on Thursday afternoon, buy a 3 day pass and use it to pass through the turnstile for the train ride downtown at, say, 2 pm, the pass would be good for 72 hours after that, till 2 pm Sunday.
Does it make sense to buy a 3 day pass? Only if you plan to use the CTA both coming and going from the airport, and for more than two trips out for meals. If not, buy your CTA tickets individually, as needed.


Registration

Everyone attending the meeting is expected to register. Compliance is important for keeping our fees affordable.Only those who register will be allowed to present papers, use the Job Placement Service, or attend plenary presentations.

For preregistration options and rates, click here.

Preregistration:Members planning to attend the 2008 Annual Meeting may preregister on-line from 12:01 a.m. (EDT) 27 August 2007 through 11:59 p.m. (EST) 17 December 2007. Preregistration fees for the 2008 Annual Meeting are:

Regular Members:
Emeritus Members:
Student Members:
Under-/Unemployed Members:
Non-Member - Individual:
Non-Member - Student: $100.00
$75.00
$40.00
$50.00
$125.00
$50.00

Those who preregister may claim their badges and handbooks at the registration desk in the meeting area of the hotel beginning at 1:00 p.m. on 3 January. Requests for registration fee refunds cannot be honored. Registrants who are unable to attend the meeting will, however, be sent an Annual Meeting Handbook in late January. Registration will open at 1:00 p.m. on 3 January and will be open all day on 4 and 5 January.

The on-site registration fees for the 2008 Annual Meeting are:

Regular Members:
Emeritus Members:
Student Members:
Under-/Unemployed Members:
Special 1-day rate: $150.00
$100.00
$60.00
$60.00
$75.00

Note: Fees may be paid with cash, check, or traveler's checks. We regret that we cannot accept payment by credit cards for on-site registration at this time.


LSA Meeting Services

Child Care:As in the past, members who notify the Secretariat that they plan to bring children to the meeting will receive the names and addresses of other members who expect to bring their children to Chicago. Members may arrange for babysitting services by contacting the Hilton's concierge directly. In addition, at the recommendation of the Officers and Executive Committee, the Child Care Assistance Fund will provide a maximum $100.00 stipend to offset child-care costs. Those wishing to avail themselves of this service must (1) be on the LSA program and (2) notify the Secretariat no later than3 December 2007.

Job Placement:A Job Placement Center will be available. The fee for listing one or more jobs on the Job Openings List and/or for scheduling interviews with job-seekers is $125. Instructions for remitting the fee will be emailed to department and program chairs in November. As in the past, all interviewers and interviewers are required to register for the meeting.

Publishers' Exhibit:Details will appear on-line the latter part of November.

Sign Language Interpreting Policy:LSA members who plan to attend the Chicago meeting and need an ASL interpreter must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by 3 December 2007. All requests should be sent to the LSA. Please include a list of LSA sessions and/or papers you expect to attend including the plenary addresses, the business meeting, and the Presidential Address. All requests will be forwarded to the Interpreter Coordinator for this meeting, who will identify qualified local interpreters, assist with scheduling, and handle the day-to-day logistics concerning interpreting. Finally, if a presenter wishes to present a paper in ASL, an interpreter will be provided if requested by3 December 2007.