Historically, contributions from LSA members have made it possible to support a wide range of activities designed to advance the scientific study of language and promote the discipline of linguistics. Funds are also used to assist linguists – especially students – in advancing their scholarly and professional goals. 

Financial Assistance and Student Support Fund

  • Provides support for student fellowships to attend the Linguistic Institute and CoLang (formerly InField).
  • Provides financial assistance to student members presenting at LSA meetings.
  • Provides childcare services during Linguistic Institutes, the Annual Meeting and other events.
  • Provides support for scholars experiencing economic hardship to participate in Linguistic Institutes, the Annual Meeting, and other events, and provides complimentary/discounted membership (including electronic access to Language) for scholars and institutions.
  • Provides sign language interpreting services at Annual Meetings.

Linguistics Podcast Fund

Provides additional required support for the Subtitle podcast, produced with partial funding from an NEH grant to the LSA.

Open Access Publications Fund

  • Provides support for the LSA's platinum open-access publication of our two journals: Semantics and Pragmatics and Phonological Data and Analysis.
  • Provides support for the LSA's green open-access publication of Language via the LSA website.
  • Provides support for maintaining an online archive of other LSA open access materials, such as Book Notices, Extended Abstracts, Conference Proceedings, and scholarly journal archives.

Yuki Kuroda Student Fellowship Fund

Established in honor of LSA member and pre-eminent scholar of Japanese linguistics, Yuki Kuroda, this new student fellowship will be reserved for linguistics students from Japan to attend the LSA's biennial summer Linguistic Institute. It will cover tuition, travel, lodging, and board. Preference will be given to Japanese who haven't yet started studying in the US.

Ken Hale Student Fellowship Fund

Named for Ken Hale, a linguist whose dedication to studying and preserving endangered languages is legendary, the Fellowship will  be awarded to a graduate student attending the biennial summer Linguistic Institute who is pursuing a course of study to document endangered languages and work with communities toward their preservation

Program Development and Committee Activities Fund:

  • Provides support for the development of new programs and services to address the interests of LSA members, the linguistics community, and the general public.
  • Provides support for ongoing program and committee activities, such as the Linguistic Institute, along with projects to enhance diversity, improve the status of women, preserve endangered languages, and develop professional resources for students. 
  • Supports remote participation in LSA events by linguistic scholars from countries affected by US government restrictions on travel.

LSA General Fund:

  • Provides support for the LSA's public policy and advocacy work.
  • Provides support for the LSA's website, technology and equipment needs.

Please note: 

  • Individual gifts are recognized on the LSA website unless anonymity is requested.
  • You can maximize your donation to the LSA by sending a check instead of using a credit card (which results in processing fees charged to the LSA). 
  • Contributions to the above funds are welcomed in honor of any individual(s) or entity. The LSA is pleased to notify those so honored, if desired.
  • For single contributions of $10,000 or more, donors may wish to specify a purpose for the gift other than one of the established contribution funds.  Please consult the Executive Director for further information.  
  • The LSA retains two percent of all charitable contributions made for restricted purposes in order to cover its administrative costs.

The Linguistic Society is a non-profit organization exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The LSA Federal Identification Number is 74-6043371. As a non-profit organization, the LSA may qualify for corporate donation-matching programs. Prospective donors may review a copy of the LSA's most recent federal tax return (Form 990) upon request.