The LSA offers a paid Life Membership option, which exempts the member from any further dues obligations.  Life membership costs $1900, payable in one lump sum, in twelve monthly installments, or in four quarterly installments.  

Paying for a Life Membership is not only a good bargain for most LSA members; it also provides the Society with long-term support in our mission to educate the general public, the news media, other scientists, and governmental and funding bodies about the central role of linguistic science in the human endeavor.  

We acknowledge our many paid life members below: among them are prominent linguists such as Noam Chomsky, Stephen Pinker, and Deborah Tannen, along with many Past Presidents of the LSA.  We invite you to consider joining them, and to read on to see how they've benefited from being Life Members..  Contact David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings, if you are interested in purchasing a Life Membership. 

"Once I landed a tenured lectureship in Sweden, I decided to upgrade my LSA membership to the life member category. I wanted to be able to show my strong support to the Society for the ways it supports research (through, e.g., the journal Language and its Linguistic Institutes) and public outreach. Over the years my teaching has benefitted from the numerous resources on the LSA homepage. I have often used the very well-written articles in the "Frequently Asked Questions" to inspire beginning undergraduate students."

- Angela Hoffman, Senior Lecturer in English Linguistics, Uppsala University, Sweden

"I knew I was very likely going to be part of the linguistics community for the duration of my career, and that it seemed like a cost-effective investment; that is, it would be at least $1000 cheaper over the course of my career to become a life member early on.  I was also attracted by not having to deal with the administrative details of renewing membership every year."

- Kathleen Currie Hall, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

"I decided to get a lifetime membership in the LSA for both financial reasons and professional ones. Financially, it made sense: assuming I work for at least 30 years in the field, and plan to be a member of the LSA each of those years, a lifetime membership would save me money over the long run. Professionally, I DO plan to be a member of the LSA for as long as I am active in the profession (and perhaps even afterwards) because I want to support the organization's efforts to continue providing the valuable services it does. My development as a "young" scholar has been greatly enhanced by the LSA's activities--especially the Institute--and it's important to me that those be available to shape the scholars coming after me as well."

- Lauren Squires, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

"I purchased a life membership when I was a second-year graduate student (back in 1981, when it cost much less).  What an investment!"

- Gregory Ward, Professor, Northwestern University

"Small schools like mine know that we often depend on connections made at major conferences to stay competitive in our research. Plus, my institution only reimburses conference registration at the member rate. So, when I negotiated a startup package to set up a new Lab of Linguistics (LoL) to support my research, I knew to include professional membership in the budget. Alongside funds for travel, consultants, and lab equipment, I figured that a lifetime membership with the LSA would be one of the most effective and appropriate uses of my startup. Now every time I hear that another junior linguist has been given a startup package and they're figuring out the best way to use their funds, I am sure to suggest lifetime memberships with the LSA and other professional organizations."

- Sameer ud Dowla Khan, Assistant Professor, Reed College

If we have inadvertently omitted your name from this list, please let us know.  If you would like to have your name removed from this list, please let us know.

The LSA also grants Life Membership to any individual who has been a dues-paying member for fifty years (raised from forty in 2012).  Click here to see a list of individuals who became Life Members thus.


Paid Life Member

Abdul Jabbar Abbasi
Daniel Abondolo
Mahasen Abu-Mansour
Christopher Adam
Razieh Ahmadi
Cheryl S Ajirotutu
Prosper Akortia
Eleonora Albano
John Alderete
Chris Alexis
Diogo Almeida
H S Ananthanarayana
E Annamalai
Rajaa Aquil
John Archibald
Mark Aronoff
Ichiro Asano
Ash Asudeh
Eric Bakovic
Jóhanna Barðdal
Edwin Battistella
John Baugh
Rosemary Beam de Azcona
Patrice Speeter Beddor
Niko Besnier
Loren Billings
Musaed Bin-Muqbil
David Branner
Diane K Brentari
Eugene Buckley
Melisa Burekovic
Joan Bybee
Michael Cahill
Kathryn Campbell-Kibler
Aaron Carton
Justine Cassell
Damir Cavar
Jin Soon Cha
Marjorie Chan
Charles Chang
Anne H. Charity Hudley
Carole Chaski
Shobhana Chelliah
Candice Chi-Hang Cheung
Sook Whan Cho
Young Mee Yu Cho
Hyon Sook Choe
Chengzhi Chu
Sandra Chung
Guglielmo Cinque
Emmert C Clevenstine
Robert Cloutier
Andries Coetzee
Jennifer Cole
Yoko Collier-Sanuki
Jessica Coon
Greville Corbett
Gregg M. Cox
William Croft
Christiane Cunha de Oliveira
Michael Cysouw
Biswajit Das
Santanu Das
William Davies
Daniel Davis
Lori Davis
Wynndi Davis
Willem de Reuse
Amy Rose Deal
Brent deChene
Michel DeGraff
Francesca Dell'Oro
Ashwini Deo
A Richard Diebold
Mark Donohue
Lindi Douglass
Laura Downing
San Duanmu
Stanley Dubinsky
Karen Emmorey
Fubito Endo

Mary Erbaugh
Angela Falk
Paul Fallon
Ann Farmer
Alfred F Fasnacht
Shengli Feng
James Fidelholtz
Herwig Findenig
Sara Finley
Susan Fischer
Colleen Fitzgerald
Claire Foley
Bonnie Fonseca-Greber
Catherine Fountain
Alice Freed
Robert Freidin
Victor Friedman
N. Louanna Furbee
Susanne Gahl
Jon R. Gajewski
Rama Gam S.
Andrew Garrett
Olga Gaydamachuk
Iqbal Ghasemyani
Tara Gibbs
Stephanie Glotfelty
Helen Goodluck
Matthew Gordon
Aaron Griffith
Scott Grimm
Jane Grimshaw
Christine Gunlogson
Martin Haase
Kathleen Hall
Chung-hye Han
Sharon Hargus
Edward B Harris
Heidi Harley
Yoko Hasegawa
Hasibuddin Hasibuddin
Jennifer Hay
Derek D Herforth
Kazuko Hiramatsu
Masako Hirotani
Rick Hobbs
Maurice Holder
Jeffrey Holliday
Nicole Holliday
Chu-Ren Huang
Hui-chuan Huang
Hui-chuan Jennifer Huang
Lillian Huang
Shi-Zhe Huang
Jena Hwang
Bernhard Hurch
Larry Hyman
Yoshiyuki Igarashi
Yasufumi Iwasaki
Ray Jackendoff
Richard Janda
Jay Jasanoff
Karen Jensen
Keith Johnson
Carol Justus
Aravind Kannan
Vsevolod Kapatsinski
Simin Karimi
Stefan Kaufmann
Patricia Keating
Sameer ud Dowla Khan
Sunil Khillare
Majid Khorsand
Douglas Kibbee
Alan Hyun-Oak Kim
Hyunsoon Kim
Woo-Young Kim
Young-joo Kim
Susannah Kirby
Robert Kirchner
Sotaro Kita
Morio Kohno
Masatoshi Koizumi
Anthony Kroch
Cornelius C Kubler
Chandana Kudathanthirige
Wilfried Kuerschner
Navnit Kumar
Rajesh Kumar

William Ladusaw
Stephen Laker
Sonja Lanehart
Katherine Langan
Wayne Lawrence
Jackson Lee
Julie Anne Legate
Donald Lenfest
Roger Levy
Frank F Li
Chien-Jer Lin
Miranda Lin
Vern M Lindblad
Björn Lindblom
Richard J Lizotte
Monica Macaulay
Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza
Sophia Malamud
Joan Maling
Louis Mangione
Michael Marlo
Megan Matovich
Stephen Matthews
Cecile McKee
David McKoskey
Michael McOmber
Allan A. Metcalf
Jason Merchant
Mehdi Meshkato Dini
Sriniket Mishra
Meiyo Mitsonubo
Silvina Montrul
Terrell Morgan
Sadao Morita
Sarah Murray
Pieter Cornelis Muysken
Carol Myers-Scotton
Elmalki Mzabi
Margaret Naeser
Ken Nakatani
Heiko Narrog
Daniel Nemati
Bruce E Nevin
Andrew Nevins
Paul Newman
Jon Newquist
Catherine O'Connor
Kenji Oda
Richard Oehrle
Noriko Onodera
Eser Ordem
Cemil Orhan Orgun
Olanike Orie
Rafael Orozco
Serdar Ozay
Ana Pérez-Leroux
Jerome Packard
Carol A Padden
Surinder Pal
Anna Papafragou
Terence Parsons
Mary Paster
Irene Philippaki-Warburton
Janet Pierrehumbert
Steven Pinker
Acrisio Pires
Samuel Poliden
Carl Polley
Oana Popovici
Paul Portner
William Poser
Eric Potsdam
Christopher Potts
Pati Price
Ellen Prince
Christen Pullen
Geoffrey Pullum
S M Rahman
Robert Ratcliffe
Farid Raza
Teegala Reddy
Gisela Redeker
Maggie Reynolds
Paul Rich
Jason Riggle
John T Ritter
Kenneth H Rogers
Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada
Jeffrey Runner
Thennarasu Sakkan

Muhyi Eldeen Salih
William Salmon
Joseph Salmons
William Samarin
Bonny Sands
Gillian Sankoff
Philip Sapir
Kazuhiko Sato
Deborah Schaffer
Rachel Schaffer
Kevin Schluter
Lawrence Schourup
Florian Schwarz
Roger Schwarzschild
Elisabeth Selkirk
Mary Shapiro
Surmangol Sharma
Hyon Sook Shin
Mitra shokrollahi
David Silva
Wilson Silva
Andrew Simpson
Jane Simpson
Andrea Sims
Amar Singh
Mandvi Singh
Charles Smith
Magdalena Smoczynska
Katsuhide Sonoda
Margaret Speas
Augustin Speyer
Jon Sprouse
Lauren Squires
Susan Steele
Will Styler
Ryoko Suzuki
Kristen Syrett
Maite Taboada
Mary D Taffet
Nobutaka Takara
Kenichi Takemura
Sze-Wing Tang
Deborah Tannen
Wong Tat
Gracious Temsen
Shiao Wei Tham
Shiaowei Tham
Laurence C Thompson
Peter Tiersma
Ida Toivonen
Misato Tokunaga
Judith Tonhauser
Bernard Tranel
Natsuko Tsujimura
Masanori Tsutsumi
G Richard Tucker
Edward F. Tuttle
Yongnam Um
Dustin Van Orman
Shravan Vasishth
Jean-Christophe Verstraete
F K Erhard Voeltz
Craig Alan Volker
Arseniy Vvedenskiy
Keith Walters
Gregory Ward
Natasha Warner
Thomas Wasow
Lian-Hee Wee
Christopher Weedall
Michael T Wescoat
Doug Whalen
Søren Wichmann
Harold E. Wilcox
Oliver Wilke
Eva Wittenberg
Jonas Wittke
Patrick Wong
Roy Wright
Yuwen Wu
Chalres Yang
Yasukata Yano
Virginia Yip
Suwon Yoon
Hongbing Yu
Hongjun YU
Kristine Yu
Jiwon Yun
Chunmei Zhou
Maria Luisa Zubizarreta