The 2019 Linguistic Institute -- the LSA's 70th -- will take place at the University of California ta Davis from June 24 through July 19, 2019. Raul Aranovich and Georgia Zellou of the University of California, Davis Depertment of Linguistics are the Institute's co-directors.

The LSA is now accepting Course Proposals for the 2019 Linguistic Institute. The deadline for receipt of course proposals is April 1, 2018. 

A tentaive list of courses to be offered at the 2019 Linguistic Institute can be found here.

The LSA has sponsored the Linguistic Institutes since the first one was held in 1928 on the campus of Yale University.  The Institutes take place in odd-numbered summers on a major university campus.  The Kentucky Institute was attended by approximately 100 faculty and hundreds more students for a month-long program of courses, lectures, workshops, and social events.  The LSA supports the Kentucky Institute with seed grants, funding for endowed professorships, lectureships, and special named student fellowships, and in addition awards a large number of competitive student tuition fellowships.

Since 1928, the Linguistic Institutes have not only been the premier gatherings of their kind, attracting top professionals and students from around the world and throughout the subfields.  They are also defining moments for individual scholars, host institutions, and the field itself, fondly remembered decades later by the participants.  Two late colleagues – Ivan Sag and former LSA President Charles Fillmore – valued the Institute so much that endowed fellowship and professorship funds have been established in their honor.

Conference Theme

The digital revolution has created new avenues for language use and novel modalities of communication. The ubiquity of technology mediates our linguistic and social interactions. The pervasive influence of technology on human development has the potential to impact the acquisition of language and change social behavior.

Technology generates new streams of data, but also offers new methods to gather and analyze data. These new approaches to testing linguistic theories include experimental research of language processing, modeling linguistic change, and more comprehensive ways to document endangered languages.

New generations of linguists will be expected to investigate these questions and incorporate methods, tools, and skills appropriate for the digital era into their scientific paradigm.

Fellowship Competition

The LSA administers the competitive applications for Institute Fellowships. In addition to many ordinary tuition fellowships, several Named Fellowships provide additional support:  the Bernard and Julia Bloch, James McCawley and Ivan Sag Fellowships provide tuition, travel, room and board.  The Bloch Fellow serves ex officio on the Exetctive Committee -- the LSA's governing body -- and as chair of COSIAC, the Committee on Student Issues and Concerns.  Click here to read more about fellowships and to see lists of past recipients.

Fellowships are reviewed by a committee of LSA members chosen for their diversity of linguistic expertrise and their past involvement with the Linguistic Institutes.  To read more about the Committee on Linguistic Institutes and Fellowships (CLIF), click here

Supporting the Work of the Institute

To support the ongoing work of the LSA's Institutes, please consider making a donation to the one of the funds associated with the Institute:  the Yuki Kuroda Fellowship Fund, the Ken Hale Student Fellowship Fund, the Charles Fillmore Student Fellowship Fund, or the Financial Assistance and Student Support Fund.



This page will be updated as new information becomes available.