Membership in the LSA confers a number of important benefits and services, which are described below. Note that some of the links below are to members-only sections of the LSA website. See a list of the LSA's recent accomplishments.

The LSA's Annual Meeting, held every January in a major North American city, brings together over 1,000 attendees for four days of scholarly presentations, networking, professional development, and special student activities.  Only LSA Members are eligible to submit abstracts for organized sessions, concurrent sessions or poster sessions. They are also eligible for meeting registration discounts of up to forty percent, and for discounted hotel room rates.

The LSA offers a complimentary one-year regular membership to recent recipients of the Ph.D. This offer applies both to current student members of the LSA and to nonmembers.

  • Exclusive LSA Student Member Benefits

The LSA offers many benefits exclusively for our student members.  Only LSA student members may:  apply for fellowships and scholarships for our Linguistic Institutes and CoLang; be considered for one of our Student Abstract Awards or for the Elizabeth Pine Dayton Award; submit their work to be featured in our Student Research Spotlight; receive complimentary registration for the LSA Annual Meeting in exchange for eight hours of volunteer work; apply for Diversity Travel Grants sponsored by our Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL); and more.  See a list of the LSA's exclusive student benefits, programs, and services

  • Participation in the LSA's Mentoring Initiative

The LSA’s Mentoring Initiative encompasses a broad range of activities and resources, designed to provide guidance, scaffolding, sharing experiences, and support between LSA members with a common interest in an area of substantive inquiry, a common professional setting, or who are concerned with the interests of a specific demographic or socially defined segment of the LSA membership. Our online Distance Mentoring Facility enables LSA members to identify themselves as mentees, mentors, or both, with specific areas of scholarly and professional concern, and to search the LSA member directory for a mentoring partner, or ask to be matched with a mentoring partner by LSA staff.

The LSA offers occasional webinars on topics of current or general interest.  Members receive priority registration for webinars and access to any members-only archived content. 

The LSA has arranged for discounts with selected publishers on books, journals, and other items

Members of the LSA receive a $5.00 discount on membership in the American Dialect Society (ADS).  Click the link above and select an LSA Individual or Student Member rate from the dropdown box at right. 

Members can log in to the LSA website to see job listings posted by educational institutions, government entities, and private-sector employers. 

  • Advocacy on Policy Issues Affecting Linguistics and Language

The LSA works throughout the year to promote adequate federal funding for linguistics research and scholarship, and to ensure that federal policies are informed by input from the field of linguistics. The LSA's advocacy agenda is achieved through its partnerships with many organizations and stakeholders in the policy arena. Read more about our advocacy work.

  • Language, the LSA's prestigious quarterly peer-reviewed journal

LSA Members receive four issues of Language, in hard copy or electronically. They may also access back issues to 2001 online; login information is available on the LSA website. Members may access the Language indices, an invaluable resource containing alphabetical listings, going back to 1925, of all titles, authors of articles, notes reviews, and books reviewed to be found in the pages of the journal. LSA Members are also eligible to submit items for publication in Language.

  • Voting Rights

Only members may vote on the election of officers and Board members, on amendments to the LSA Constitution/Bylaws, and on resolutions proposed for adoption by the Society. Click here to review the LSA's Constitution and Bylaws, and click here to read more about our board members and the election of officers.

For most LSA honors and awards, only members may nominate candidates for consideration, and only members may receive selected awards.

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) has provided a united voice on Capitol Hill for the social and behavioral sciences since 1981.  The LSA is a governing member of COSSA, and LSA Executive Director Alyson Reed sits on its Executive Committee.  LSA Members receive a free subscription to the COSSA Washington Update, the organization's biweekly newsletter. 

The Membership Directory is one of the many ways the LSA bolsters professional connections. Get contact information of other LSA members based on name, affiliation, and language(s) and subfield(s) studied. 

The LSA's Book Exchange allows members to list items for donation or view available materials. Share your no-longer-wanted books and other items with individuals or institutions in need of them.

LSA members may upload materials to, and download them from, the Linguistic Academic Depository, an online facility for the sharing of syllabi, handouts, exercises, and other pedagogical documents.

Members can update their profiles, renew their memberships, or reset their passwords online, instantly.

LSA members are eligible to serve on any of the LSA's open committees.  Service on an LSA committee is a great way to build connections with your peers, enhance your professional profile, and make a difference in areas you care about.

Student members of the LSA can apply for the Student Research Spotlight. Upon request, the LSA recognizes the accomplishments made by LSA Student Members who have recently published their work in peer-reviewed journals.

Joining the Linguistic Society of America also helps us continue to support the field of linguistics as a whole. Your dues allow the LSA to provide fellowships and resources for student linguists, promote linguistic news and linguistic insights to the media and the world, advocate for the importance of linguistics and linguistic research, and much more. Read more about reasons for joining the LSA from the leadership of the Society.