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The 88th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place January 2-5, 2014 at the:

Minneapolis bridge

Minneapolis Hilton
1001 Marquette Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55403

Plenary Speakers: 

  • Susan Goldin-Meadow (University of Chicago): From homesign to sign language:  Creating language in the manual modality
  • Richard Larson (Stony Brook University): Nominal Structure and Interpretation
  • NOTE:  Richard Larson's plenary lecture is cancelled due to weather-related flight cancellations.  The handout for his talk is avaliable here.

Presidential Address:

  • Ellen Kaisse (University of Washington): The dialects of Spanish and of Modern Greek – natural laboratories for the generative phonologist

The American Dialect Society, the American Name Society, the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences, the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, and The Association for Linguistic Evidence will meet concurrently with the LSA.

Read a Media Advisory with program and research highlights for the Annual Meeting, including "newsworthy abstracts."

The LSA thanks our partners who have helped make the Meeting possible:

Major Sponsor:

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Quick Links

Call for Abstracts (Closed)

The 2014 Annual Meeting will feature six concurrent themed paper sessions every morning and afternoon in addition to two Organized Sessions (see call for Organized Session Proposals below).  Posters will be presented in two Plenary Poster Sessions on Friday and Saturday mornings.    For more information on preparing an abstract, see the Abstract Guidelines page.  

Absracts may be submitted online between June 3 and July 31, through the LSA member interface.  Nonmembers may join the LSA here. To submit an abstract, log in to the LSA website using your login ID and password.  (If you are already logged in to the LSA website, click the "My Account" link at the top right of the page, and then click on the "Profile" tab under your name.) You will see your name at the top of the page, and underneath it a green "submit abstracts" button.    Click on the button and follow the instructions to submit your abstract.  Please pay very close attention to the instructions for formatting the abstract given in the Abstract Guidelines (see link above).  Contact [email protected] if you have questions about designing or submitting your abstract.  

Call for Organized Session Proposals (Closed)

The Program Committee accepted proposals for Organized Sessions for the LSA's 2014 Annual Meeting.  The submission deadline was Wednesday, May 15, 2013; proposals are no longer being accepted.  The complete Call for Proposals is available here

Call for Annual Meeting Satellite Workshops

The LSA will entertain proposals for satellite workshops to be held immediately before or after the LSA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from January 2-5.   Preliminary workshop proposals, not to exceed three pages, should be submitted to the LSA Secretariat with sufficient lead time to allow for approved proposals to seek any necessary external funding, but in all cases no later than May 15 of the year preceeding the meeting. 

Click here for more information about what a satellite workshop is and how to propose one. 

Local Information

Click here for a guide, compiled by local students, to everything Twin Cities:  transportation, the Skyway (enclosed pedestrian footbridge) system dining, arts, nightlife, and more!  View a welcome video, produced by local students, here.

Read more about the vibrant arts, dining, and nightlife of Minneapolis here.  Read more here about how the Twin Cities come up tops in category after category.

Airport Transportation:

Light Rail is accessible from both the Humphrey and Lindbergh Terminals at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Follow signage towards “ground transportation”. Route 55 services downtown and runs every 7.5 minutes during rush hour and 10-15 minutes during non-rush hour. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes and fares vary between $1.75 - $2.25.

Proceed to the Nicollet Mall Station (5th Street & Nicollet). Take the “Free Nicollet Mall Bus” to the 11th Street stop (11th Street & Nicollet). Walk one block east to 11th and Marquette Avenue. Hotel located on corner of 11th Street and Marquette Avenue.

The LSA has also arranged a discounted rate with SuperShuttle

Prospectus for Advertisers, Exhibitors, and Sponsors

The LSA offers multiple opportunities for publishers and other entities to have a presence at the Annual Meeting through Annual Meeting Handbook advertisements, registration packet inserts, exhibit booths, event sponsorships, and more.  Click here for a complete prospectus detailing these opportunities.


Preliminary Program/Meeting Handbook

The Preliminary Program for the 2014 Annual Meeting is now available.  To view the program, click the "Schedule" tab at the top of this web page.  Click on the abstract title to see the author(s), their affiliation(s), the language and language families studied, and the short and long abstracts.  Be sure to check back for additions, withdrawals, and other updates. 

A low-resolution, downloadable .pdf of the Annual Meeting Handbook, with bookmarks, is available here.


New!  LSA Member Benefit: Personalized Meeting Schedule

LSA members may create a personalized schedule for the Meeting by checking the box beside each session they plan to attend, then clicking the "Save" button at the bottom of the page (note; you must be logged in to the website).  Sessions saved in this way will appear on the "Personal Schedule" tab on this page.  To remove a session from your Personal Schedule, uncheck it on your Personal Schedule, then click the "Save" button.


Special 90th Anniversary Activities

2014 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the LSA.  A suite of activities has been planned, including a commemorative video, a birthday celebration, and a day-and-a half long symposium on the history of linguistics and of the LSA during those 90 years.  Read more about the 90th Anniversary activities



Everyone attending the meeting is expected to register. Compliance is important for keeping our fees affordable. Only those who register will be allowed to present papers, use the Job Placement Service, or attend presentations and other functions. Registrants should wear their meeting badges at all times when at LSA Annual Meeting functions.


Preregistration (Closed)

Preregistration for the 2013 Annual Meeting will be available from September 3 through December 15; it is now closed.  Click on the red "Register for meeting" button at the top of this page and follow the instructions.  LSA members should log in to the LSA website before registering in order to obtain the member registration discount.  A printable registration form is available here.  You may complete and return it by e-mail (as a .pdf attachment) or fax (202-835-1717) if paying by credit card, or by postal mail (LSA/1325 18th St. NW/Suite 211/Washington, DC  20036/USA). 

Preregistrants may claim their conference tote bags, badges, and handbooks at the registration desk beginning at 12:00 p.m. on 2 January. Registration will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 2 January, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 3 and 4 January, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on 5 January.

Preregistration rates are as follows:

  • Regular/Emeritus/Life Members: $190
  • Student Members: $70
  • Under/Unemployed Members: $75
  • Nonmember - Regular: $290
  • Nonmember - Student: $115


Onsite Registration


Any attendees who have not preregistered for the Meeting by the December 15 deadline will need to register onsite during the hours listed immediately above. Onsite registration fees are:


  • Regular/Emeritus/Life Members: $260
  • Student Members: $95
  • Under/Unemployed Members: $100
  • Nonmember - Regular: $360
  • Nonmember - Student: $140
  • Special 1-day Rate: $75


To expedite the onsite registration process, you may complete the form available here, print it, and bring it to registration with payment (cash, check, or credit card (VISA/MasterCard/AMEX)).


Hotel Accommodations

The Hilton Minneapolis has reserved a block of rooms for those attending the 2014 Annual Meeting. Each guest room offers a 32-inch HDTV, alarm clock radio with MP3 connection, WiFi access, work desk with a Herman Miller chair, two-line phones with voicemail, premium coffee, iron and ironing board, and hairdryer.

Why attendees should book with the LSA Room Block for the 2014 Annual Meeting.

Hotel reservations at the LSA Annual Meeting rate will be available online and by telephone beginning September 3, 2013; reservations must be made by Thursday, December 26 at the latest.


The special LSA room rates for the 2013 Annual Meeting are:

  • Single/Double: $99/night
  • Junior Suite: $149/night

Executive level rooms of the above types are available for an additional $30/night.  An additional person in the room beyond two is an additional $20/night.

Reserve your room online. If reserving by phone, call 1-800-445-8667 (toll-free) or 1-612-376-1000 (local) and request the Linguistic Society of America rate.  Click here for a list of international toll-free Hilton reservation numbers.

Activities for Students


The Annual Meeting offers a number of special opportunities for student attendees.

Panel:  What can you do with a linguistics degree?  Friday, 8:30 - 10:00 PM, Grand Ballroom F
Speakers:  Anna Marie Trester (Georgetown University), Zhaleh Feizhollahi (Microsoft), Donna Christian (CAL)

Student Lounge
Friday and Saturday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The student lounge offers complimentary wi-fi, snacks and beverages, and a space to hang out and connect with your peers.  Resource sessions will be offered on CV Consultation, Dissertation Funding, Linguistic Fieldwork, Pre-dissertation Funding, and Web Presence Consultation.  To see a schedule and sign up for a 15-minute session on one of the above topics, click here.  You may also sign up onsite in Minneapolis.

The Student Mixer will be held from 10:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight on Friday at The News Room, 990 Nicollet Mall.  Enjoy complimentary beverages courtesy of the LSA and COSIAC, the Committee on Student Issues and Concerns. 


Job Interview Service


For a nominal fee, the LSA provides private space at the Annual Meeting for organizations wishing to interview job candidates.  If desired, we will also collect CVs from meeting attendees, and post a job notice in the Jobs Center on the LSA website and/or in Language.  Read more about the Job Interview Service here.  There is no charge for individuals who wish to be interviewed by an organization participating in the Job Interview Service.


Child Care


Members who notify the Secretariat that they plan to bring children to the meeting will receive the names and e-mail addresses of other members who expect to bring their children to Minneapolis, so that they may arrange for mutual babysitting services if convenient. In addition, members may arrange for babysitting services by contacting the Marriott's concierge directly.

Attendees who are presenting at the LSA meeting are eligible for a maximum $100 stipend to offset child care costs. Those wishing to avail themselves of this service must notify the Secretariat no later than 2 December, 2013.


Sign Language Interpretation


Attendees at the Minneapolis meeting who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by 15 November 2013. Presenters who plan to present in ASL must also notify the Secretariat by 15 November 2013 to ensure that interpretation is provided. All requests should be sent to David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings, with the words "2014 Meeting ASL Interpreting Request" in the subject line. Please include a list of LSA sessions and/or papers you expect to attend, including plenary addresses, the business meeting, and the Presidential Address. All requests will be forwarded to the interpreter coordinator for the Minneapolis meeting, who will identify qualified local interpreters, assist with scheduling, and handle day-to-day logistics concerning interpreting.

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