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.

  • Supporting the LSA's Advocacy Work

The LSA is mobilizing to face a number of unprecedented challenges, among them difficulties faced by our members in conducting research due to the travel and immigration ban proposed by the Trump Administration; a threatened boycott of academic meetings in the US for the same reason, and   threats to major funders of linguistics research such as the National Endowment for the Humanities. All membership dues collected through May 31, 2017 will be set aside to support the LSA's policy and advocacy work to advance linguistics with government agencies and public officials.

  • LSA Annual Meeting

    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.  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.

  • Free LSA Membership for Recent Ph.D. Recipients

    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.

  • Priority Registration for Webinars

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

  • Discounts on Books and Journals

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

  • View Job Listings

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

  • 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.

  • Consortium of Social Science Associations' E-newsletter

    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. 

  • Membership Directory Access

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

  • Book Exchange

    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.

  • Linguistic Academic Depository

    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.

  • Manage Membership [Update Profile; Reset Password; Pay Dues]

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

  • LSA Open Committees

    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 Research Spotlight

    Student members of the LSA can apply for the Student Research Spotlight. Every week, 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. See a partial list of the LSA's accomplishments in 2016.

Read more about reasons for joining the LSA from the leadership of the Society.