In 2015, the LSA has established a charitable contribution fund in memory of Emmon Bach (June 12, 1929 - November 28, 2014). This fund was established in consultation with Emmon’s families and close colleagues, and is to be used to support student fellowships at CoLang, the Institute for Collaborative Language Research.

This will be the first named fellowship at CoLang; the founding donors are sure that Emmon would be pleased and honored to be helping to support the CoLang institutes, which offer an opportunity for practicing linguists, undergraduate and graduate students, and indigenous language community members to develop and refine skills and approaches to language documentation and revitalization.

Donate Now via the LSA's secure online contribution interface. (Please scroll down to the bottom of the page and select "Emmon Bach Fund" from the drop-down menu of fund options.)

In addition to his well-known work on syntactic and semantic theory, Emmon worked over many decades on the languages of northern British Columbia, especially Haisla, documenting the Haisla language and publishing articles on issues in the semantics and morphology of polysynthetic languages. For several years in the 1980s and 1990s, he taught linguistics (in New Aiyansh) and cotaught Haisla and Coast Tsimshian with community members (in Kitamaat and Prince Rupert). Beyond his scientific interests, he was concerned with language rights and problems of language endangerment. A Past-President of the LSA (1995), Emmon was also active in SSILA, the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages, and was President of SSILA at the time of his death. 

The LSA's goal is to raise enough funds to support an endowed Bach Fellowship award at each future CoLang Institute. An endowment relies on the earnings rather than the principal to generate the financial award. In order to support a biennial fellowship that covers tuition, room and board, plus travel support, the LSA will need to raise a minimum of $50,000. Pre-announcement fundraising has raised $21,900, almost 44% of our goal, from a combination of individual donors and a contribution from the CoLang fund balance left over after CoLang 2014, sent by Colleen Fitzgerald at UT Arlington.

The fundraising drive will continue indefinitely until sufficient funds are raised, but the LSA hopes to reach the goal in time to make the first award at CoLang 2020.

Donations may be made securely online via credit card, or you may download a completable donation form [pdf] and pay offline via credit card, check, wire transfer, or money order.

The founding donors have signed a special letter [pdf] inviting colleagues to contribute to the fund.

Bach Fund Founding Donors

  • Jim Blevins, University of Cambridge
  • Ellen Broselow, Stony Brook University
  • Gregory N. Carlson, University of Rochester
  • Wynn Chao
  • Mary Dalrymple, Oxford University
  • Daniel Finer, Stony Brook University
  • Colleen Fitzgerald, UT Arlington
  • Lyn Frazier, UMass Amherst
  • Alice C. Harris, UMass Amherst
  • Pauline Jacobson, Brown University
  • Fred Landman (Tel Aviv University) and Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University)
  • Joyce McDonough, University of Rochester
  • Barbara H. Partee, UMass Amherst
  • David Partee and Carol Kaynor, University of Alaska Fairbanks 
  • Joel Partee and Anne Catherine Davis
  • Morriss M. Partee
  • Patricia A. Shaw, University of British Columbia
  • Gert Webelhuth, University of Frankfurt
  • T.E. Zimmermann and Caroline Féry, Goethe University, Frankfurt

And other donors who wish to remain anonymous

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) here.