Nominations for the Honorary Members Committee are solicited every spring.  Please contact David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings, to indicate your interest in serving on this committee at the next available opportunity. 


Established in 1970.


The LSA Constitution, Article IV, No. 6 states:

There shall be an Honorary Members Committee composed of three members of the Society, including one member of the Executive Committee, serving staggered three year terms. Each year the President shall appoint one of the three members as Chair. The Committee is charged with nominating each year no more than three foreign scholars of distinction to the Executive Committee as Honorary Members of the Society.

The LSA Constitution, Article II, No. 5 states:

Any foreign scholar of distinction in linguistic studies, not resident in the United States, may be elected an honorary member by the Society on recommendation of the Executive Committee. The total number of honorary members shall not exceed sixty and not more than three may be elected in any one year.


The Committee on Honorary Members recommends to the Executive Committee scholars who, in the Committee's judgment, should be considered for honorary membership. These recommendations are made in the form of citations and are accompanied by CVs. The Executive Committee recommends that LSA members attending the Business Meeting accept the nominations and, upon the acceptance of these nominees, letters, including the citation, are sent to the nominees requesting their written consent to become honorary members. When consent is received, these citations are publicized on the LSA website and via its social media outlets.

Membership (by invitation)

3 members, serving staggered three-year terms.

Committee Members, 2018

  • Hans Henrich Hock, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chair (2018)
  • Anne Curzan, University of Michigan (2019)
  • TBD (2020)

Beginning in 2018, the Committee will include a fourth member, who will be a past member of the LSA's Executive Committee, ideally one who has served as a Liaison to either the Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics or the Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics.

Executive Committee Liaison: Penelope Eckert
Staff Liaison: David Robinson