Since 1928, the LSA has sponsored the Linguistic Institutes, unparalleled gatherings of top linguistics students and professionals from throughout the field and around the world.  Once annual events, since 1987 the Institutes have taken place in odd-numbered summers. 

Held on a major university campus, the Institute brings together approximately 100 faculty and hundreds more students for a month-long program of courses, lectures, workshops, and social events.  The LSA supports the Institutes with seed grants, funding for endowed professorships, lectureships, and special named student fellowships, and in addition awards a large number of competitive fellowships providing tuition for the Institute.

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.

Read more about past institutes, future locations, and how to propose your own institution for a future Institute.

View audiovisual content from the LSA's Linguistic Institutes.

“The LSA Institute is nothing less than intellectual summer camp for linguists. The friendly, informal atmosphere makes it easy to meet people, exchange ideas, and explore new directions -- not to mention the chance to get to know major scholars as real people over breakfast or in a walk across campus. Both as a graduate student attending past Institutes and as a faculty member teaching classes, I've made lifelong friends, gained supportive mentors, been exposed to cutting-edge research in other subfields, and learned much more about my own specialization. Every student and faculty member in linguistics should take advantage of the opportunity to attend the LSA Institute.”

--- Mary Bucholtz, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara