In 2021, the LSA continued its ongoing programs and services on behalf of its mission: to advance the scientific study of language. Highlights of new and expanded activities are outlined below.

Professional Development and Education

Scholarships, Professorships, Honors & Awards


Public Outreach and Media Relations

  • Produced nine new episodes of our language and linguistics podcast, Subtitle, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and secured a second grant to continue the podcast in 2022.
  • Appointed a new Social Media Committee and relaunched our program of external posts about language and linguistics in the news.
  • Coordinated the LSA’s participation in UNESCO’s planning for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022‑2032, in partnership with SSILA.
  • Expanded the LSA outreach to K-12 teachers via free Annual Meeting registration and special sessions for high school students at the meeting.
  • Increased our reach on social media via daily posts about linguistics news stories appearing in the popular news media: over 44K followers on Facebook and more than 30K followers on Twitter.

Continuing Traditions

  • Organized the LSA’s first-ever virtual Annual Meeting, attended by over 1000 linguists worldwide, and made plans for our first hybrid format meeting in Washington, DC, in January 2022.
  • Increased readership of our flagship journal, Language, including a new section focused on documentation and revitalization of endangered languages.
  • Continued LSA co-sponsorship of CoLang and supported planning associated with CoLang 2022 at the University of Montana, which was postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19.
  • Published the sixth volume of the Proceedings of the LSA based on research presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting and new volumes of the Proceedings of the AMP and SALT.
  • Issued a series of news releases about the latest research published in its journals and presented at its Annual Meeting, garnering significant coverage in prominent international media outlets.
  • Provided financial assistance and in-kind support for linguists seeking to attend the LSA Annual Meeting and access LSA publications, including a campaign to support LSA members impacted by COVID-19.
  • Published new volumes of Semantics & Pragmatics, and Phonological Data & Analysis, the platinum open-access journals of the LSA.
  • Issued the eighth edition of the LSA’s Annual Report on the State of Linguistics in Higher Education [pdf], with new longitudinal LSA data.
  • Represented linguists at national and international meetings of colleague organizations and through participation in coalitions and consortia working to advance science, the humanities, and higher education.
  • Defended linguistics departments and programs against threats of cuts or elimination by contacting administrators and officials and by working behind the scenes to provide data supporting the value of linguistics.
  • Conducted successful membership recruitment and retention campaigns using a range of strategies, including social media coupons, bulk student memberships for departments/programs, and specialized outreach by staff and leadership to participants in various LSA programs and services. 
  • Sponsored a Joint Membership Program with the American Dialect Society (ADS), offering reduced rates to LSA members wishing to join ADS.