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                                                                2015 Annual Meeting Major Sponsor

*Online Content from the 2015 Annual Meeting*

The 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place January 8-11, 2015, at the:

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

921 SW 6th Ave.

Portland, OR 97204

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. 

The Annual Meeting will feature plenary talks by Bruce Hayes (University of California, Los Angeles), David Poeppel (New York University), Carmen Silva-Corval├ín (University of Southern California) and Alicia Wassink (University of Washington), as well as a Presidential Address by Joan Maling (Brandeis University).

Hundreds of presentations across all areas of linguistics have been scheduled in over 60 sessions, along with social events, film showings, minicourses, a Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon', and panels on professional development and public outreach. A full schedule is available online. 

Click here for general meeting information, including office hours, committee meetings and special events, here for the LSA schedule, and here for the schedules of the Sister Societies.  A .pdf of the Handbook is available here.

Quick Links

Hotel Accomodations

Meeting Registration

- Preregistration

- Onsite Registration

Local Information


Prospectus for Advertisers, Exhibitors, and Sponsors

Job Interview Service

Child Care

Media Requests

Sign Language Interpretation

Call for Satellite Workshop Proposals (2016 Annual Meeting)

Online Content from the 2015 Annual Meeting

Video of the Panel on Careers for Linguists in Industry

Materials from the Special Organized Session on the Publishing Process

Short abstracts of organized sessions, posters, and papers

Extended abstracts 

Hotel Accommodations

An overflow room block has been established at the nearby Portland Marriott City Center.  The rate is $139/night.  Reservations must be made by December 29, 2014.  Reserve online or telephone 1-888-236-2427 and refer to the Linguistic Society of America rate.

The room block at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower has sold out as of December 8, 2014.  A block of rooms is being arranged at a nearby property.  Additional information and a link to reservations will be posted later in the week of December 7.

The Hilton Portland & Executive Tower has reserved a block of rooms for those attending the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Why attendees should book with the LSA Room Block for the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Hotel reservations at the LSA Annual Meeting rate are available online and by telephone, and must be made by Saturday, December 6 at the latest. Early reservations are encouraged.

The special LSA room rates for the 2015 Annual Meeting are:

    Single/Double/Triple/Quad: $119/night

Meeting Registration

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.


To preregister for the Meeting, click on the red "Register for Meeting" button at the top of this page.  A printable registration form is available here.

Preregistration for the 2015 Annual Meeting will be available from October 1 through December 19, 2014.

Preregistrants may claim their conference tote bags, badges, and handbooks at the registration desk in the Plaza Foyer beginning at 12:00 p.m. on 8 January. Registration will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 8 January, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 9 and 10 January, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on 11 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 19 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

Local Information

Check out the comprehensive guide to local transportation, activities, entertainment, nightlife, and more prepared by Portland-Area students, and the dining guide prepared by Matt Pearson (Reed College).



Three minicourses providing an introduction to Praat scripting, Python, and "Thriving as an Early Career Faculty Member" will be offered on Thursday, January 8, the first day of the conference. Registration in these minicourses is separate from general Annual Meeting registration, and space in all three minicourses is limited.

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.  Read more about the Job Interview Service hereNOTE:  The Job Interview Service is completely subscribed for the 2015 Annual Meeting; only Tier I (CV Collection/Job Listing) is currently available.

Media Requests

To request a press pass or for other media questions, please contact LSA Director of Communications Brice Russ. A copy of the Annual Meeting Media Advisory is available online.

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 Portland, so that they may arrange for mutual babysitting services if convenient. In addition, members may arrange for babysitting services by contacting the Hilton'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 1 December, 2014.

Sign Language Interpretation


Attendees at the Portland meeting who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by 14 November 2014. Presenters who plan to present in ASL must also notify the Secretariat at by October 1 to ensure that interpretation is provided. All requests should be sent to David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings, with the words "2015 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 Portland meeting, who will identify qualified local interpreters, assist with scheduling, and handle day-to-day logistics concerning interpreting.

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