Publications of LSAThe mission of the LSA is to advance the scientific study of language. The LSA aspires to a world in which the essential nature of language and its central role in human life is well understood. The LSA has adopted a Long-Range Strategic Plan to guide the Society in achieving its mission. The primary goals of the strategic plan are to advance the mission of the Society via: scholarly communication; community building; professional development; and external relations. The programs of the LSA are focused in the following areas:

Publications

Language

The LSA publishes the quarterly journal, Language, consisting of major articles and shorter reports of original research, as well as review articles and book reviews. Journal articles cover all areas of the field from all theoretical frameworks. Articles featured in the new online-only sections are published throughout the year: Teaching LinguisticsLanguage and Public PolicyPhonological AnalysisHistorical Syntax, and Perspectives.

Semantics and Pragmatics

The LSA publishes the online, open-access journal, Semantics and Pragmatics. The main content of Semantics & Pragmatics are high quality, original, self-contained research articles on the semantics and pragmatics of natural languages.

eLanguage Archive

Another source of academic research supported by the LSA is the eLanguage Archive, which offers a digital "family" of independent, specialized journals that publish peer-reviewed research articles, conference proceedings, and book notices. All content published in eLanguage is available on an "open access" basis, meaning it is available to any linguistically interested person with an Internet connection, free of charge and without restrictions.

Conference Proceedings

The LSA publishes the extended abstracts of the LSA Annual Meeting, and currently co-publishes the proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistic Society (BLS), the Annual Meetings in Phonology (AMP), and Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT).

Annual Report on Linguistics in Higher Education

Meetings and Institutes

Annual Meetings

In early January, the LSA holds its Annual Meeting, at which over 300 papers and posters are typically presented. Special events include the Presidential Address, invited lectures, topical workshops, and the LSA Business Meeting. There is also a book exhibit and a job placement service. Other groups that meet concurrently with the LSA are the American Dialect Society (ADS), the American Name Society (ANS), the North American Association for the History of Language Sciences (NAAHoLS), the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), and The Association for Linguistic Evidence (TALE). Recent meetings have been in Chicago (2008), San Francisco (2009), Baltimore (2010), Pittsburgh (2011), Portland, OR (2012), Boston (2013), Minneapolis (2014), and Portland, OR (2015).

Linguistic Institutes

The LSA sponsors a biennial summer Linguistic Institute at which more than 400 participants (students and scholars) choose from a wide range of courses, seminars, and workshops presented by leading scholars in virtually every area of linguistics. With courses offered at all levels, Institute attendees can explore new areas or catch up on recent developments in areas not offered at their home institutions. Recent LSA Linguistic Institutes have been held at the the University of Chicago (2015), University of Michigan (2013), the University of Colorado at Boulder (2011), and the University of California, Berkeley (2009). In 2017, the Linguistic Institute will be held at the University of Kentucky, and in 2019 at the UC Davis campus.

CoLang: The Institute for Collaborative Research

The LSA co-sponsors a biennial summer Institute which provides an opportunity for a diverse range of participants to become trained in a wide range of skills in community-centered language documentation. Recent CoLang Institutes have been held at the University of Texas, Arlington (2014), the University of Kansas (2012); the University of Oregon (2010) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (2008). In 2016, CoLang was held at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

SALT

Semantics and Linguistic Theory, the field's premier semantics conference. Recent SALT conferences have been held at The University of Texas at Austin (2016), Stanford University (2015), New York University (2014). In 2017, SALT will be held at the University of Maryland
 

Professional Resources and Advocacy

Support the LSA's Advocacy Agenda

The LSA is mobilizing to face a number of unprecedented challenges, among them difficulties faced by our members in conducting research due to the travel and immigration ban proposed by the Trump Administration; a threatened boycott of academic meetings in the US for the same reason, and   threats to major funders of linguistics research such as the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The LSA serves as a resource for the linguistics profession, and advocates for its policy and research agenda. Professional development programming is offered at our Meetings and Institutes, on our website, and through the work of various LSA committees throughout the year. LSA Committees focused on professional issues and resources include:

  • The Advisory to Programs Subcommittee provides assistance and/or information to any department or program whose future may be threatened or in jeopardy due to serious problems, financial or otherwise, at its institution.
  • The Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP) explores ways that individuals and institutions can offer assistance and support to maintain and revitalize language varieties in language communities at risk of, or currently experiencing, significant language or dialect loss; it assists institutions in offering training and degree programs oriented to the preparation of grammars and dictionaries of threatened and poorly documented languages.
  • The Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL) explores ways to promote greater ethnic diversity in linguistics, including communication, networking, and mentoring between minority students and professional linguists.
  • The Committee on Public Policy advises the Society on policies concerning official responses of the Society to such issues as political pressures affecting the ability of linguists to pursue their research and legislation concerning language or linguistic rights.
  • The Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL) monitors and advances the status of women in linguistics and encourages research on women and language.
  • The Linguistics in Higher Education Committee focuses on issues of training and workforce development in academia, including data collection and resource development.
  • The Ethics Committee serves as a resource for the linguistics community to promote the highest standards of ethical research and professional conduct.
  • The Committee on Student Issues and Concerns addresses the needs of both undergraduate and graduate students, serving as an advocate for their interests within both the LSA and the broader linguistics community.

The LSA recognizes the professional contributions of linguists and others to enhancing public understanding and in advancing the discipline of linguists through a series of awards. These include the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award; the Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award, the Linguistic Service Award, the Kenneth L. Hale Award,  the Linguistic Journalism Award, the Excellence in Community Linguistics Award, the Best Paper in Language Award, the Early Career Award, Student Abstract Awards, and the Victoria A. Fromkin Lifetime Service Award.

The LSA's advocacy agenda is achieved through its partnerships with many organizations and stakeholders in the policy arena. To ensure funding and representation at federal, state and local levels, LSA officers and staff participate in the efforts of groups such as the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the Coalition for National Science Funding, the Collaborative for Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Joint National Committee on Languages, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Humanities Alliance. More detailed information about the LSA's partnership with the NHA can be found here. The LSA also maintains reciprocal relationships with other professional societies, such as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, that share our commitment to scholarly research and the need for adequate public support of such work.

The LSA engaged in a formal partnership in an organized March for Science, in Washington D.C. See photos from the event on the LSA Facebook Page.

 

The LSA issues official statements and resolutions on issues of interest to the public and the profession while working to inform the news media, academics, and other scientists about the role of languages and linguistics in society. Finally, the LSA supports networking activities among linguists and other language professionals through its website, its committee activities, and through academic and professional development activities at its Annual Meeting and summer Institutes.

The LSA website houses a broad array of resources and information on a variety of professional topics and items of interest. These include job listings, a news service, a book exchange, an academic depository of curriculum materials, publisher's discounts, information for students, and links to external resources. The archives of the LSA include paper records of the Society dating back to the earliest days of the Society in 1924.
 

Public Education

The LSA is committed to increasing public understanding about the role and value of language to our society. We accomplish this through the development and dissemination of materials on our own and other websites, in printed brochures, media interviews, and other forms of public outreach. The LSA's News Stories Initiative, launched in 2014, is intended to improve coverage of linguistics research in the popular news media. The LSA publishes two guidebooks for linguists interested in public education and outreach efforts: Linguistics and the News Media: An LSA Guide for Linguists and Taking Linguistics to the Public: An Outreach Guide. The LSA produces news releases and media advisories publicizing research featured in its peer-reviewed journals and at its Annual Meetings. The Society also encourages its meeting presenters to participate in the Five-Minute Linguist contest, which judges their ability to translate the value of their research to a wider lay audience. The Society maintains a database of linguistic experts on a wide variety of topics for use by the news media and other interested parties.

The LSA publishes a series of educational and authoritative pamphlets on language-related issues. These pamphlets, published as FAQs, are available in both online (pdf) and hardcopy format (while supplies last). Clearly written for the layperson, they have been used as instructional aids in Linguistics courses, information sessions for undergraduate majors, and in outreach to professionals outside of the field. Articles on the "Domain of Linguistics" provide more in-depth descriptions of the various sub-fields encompassed by the academic discipline of linguistics.

The LSA maintains two committees focused on public education activities:

  • The Committee on Language in the School Curriculum explores and pursues ways in which the linguistics community can have an effect on K-12 instruction in language-related topics, including grammar, reading, language arts, and linguistics.
  • The Public Relations Committee works to inform the news media about the relevance of linguistics research to societal well-being and its application to everyday living.

The LSA website includes information for the general public on a wide range of topics, including information for prospective students considering an undergraduate major in linguistics.