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The 90th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place January 7-10, 2016, at the:

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

901 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20001

Media Advisory for the 2016 Annual Meeting

View the Annual Meeting Handbook (.pdf)


DC at night

(Photo credit: Tom Finzel)

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.

Invited plenary speakers:

Presidential Address:

  • John Rickford (Stanford University): Language and Linguistics on Trial: Hearing Vernacular Speakers in Courtrooms and Beyond

The deadline for proposals for Organized Sessions at the 2016 Annual Meeting has closed.  

Abstract submission closed July 31, 2015. Read more about our poster and paper abstract guidelines.


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Local Information (transportation, dining, sightseeing, nightlife)


Satellite Workshop: Preparing your Corpus for Archival Storage


Hotel Accomodations

Early Bird Registration


Onsite Registration

Job Interview Service


Advocacy Day

Child Care

Sign Language Interpretation


Local Information (transportation, dining, sightseeing, nightlife)



The LSA's 2016 Annual Meeting will feature three minicourses, held for a few hours on Thursday, January 7 before the Annual Meeting.  Click here for more information and to register.  The Experimental Syntax and Statistical Methods using R minicourses are limited to 30 registrants and charge a fee of $30.  The course in Thriving as an Early Career Faculty Member carries a $5.00 charge to cover the cost of materials and is capped at 40 registrants.


Satellite Workshop: Preparing your Corpus for Archival Storage

An NSF supported satellite workshop on Archival Preparation will be held in conjunction with and immediately preceding the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) on January 7, 2016. NSF policy now stipulates that investigators are expected to make available to other researchers the primary data created or gathered under NSF grants. However, the metadata presently associated with archived data are often inadequate to permit data, (e.g. sound files), from related studies to be compared; without an agreed-upon coding protocol, there can be no effective sharing and comparison across speech corpora. Invited speakers will discuss specific coding conventions for such factors as socioeconomic and educational speaker demographics, and for language choice, stance and footing. Using appropriate metadata for these factors will facilitate sharing of corpora and research to determine how each factor impacts on language use.

NSF previously supported a workshop in which leading scholars discussed data protocols, obtaining ethics board approval for human subject research, and ensuring that the information gathered about human subject demographics, attitudes and the situations in which they were recorded provide enough scope and detail to permit meaningful comparison across studies, and thus encourage data sharing. Following that model, this workshop will extend the topics covered, and provide a training forum in which to develop protocols for sharable data that conform to the spirit of NSF policy. This award will also support the participation of students in the training and discussions.

For more information, and to register for the workshop, click here.



Read more about Metro, the Washington area's public transit system.

Note: we encourage you to purchase a SmarTrip card to use while riding Metro.  It is more convenient than a paper farecard and will pay for itself after two uses (trips using the paper farecard cost an additional $1).

From Ronald Reagan National Airport:  Take a Yellow Line train in the direction of Ft. Totten or Greenbelt.  Continue 7 stops and exit at the Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center station.  As you exit the station, double back, and go left one block on M Street (you’ll be walking between the two halves of the Convention Center).  Continue two blocks, to 9th Street, cross to the other side of 9th Street, and walk down two blocks to Massachusetts Avenue. The main entrance to the hotel will be immediately on your right. 


From Dulles Airport: 


1)      Take the Washington Flyer Silver Line Express bus (schedule) from Door 4 on the Arrivals level to the Wiehle-Reston east Metro Station (cost is $5).  From there, take a Silver Line train in the direction of Largo Town Center. Go 13 stops and alight at McPherson Square. Take the 14th & I Streets exit (towards the front of the train).  As you exit the station, turn left and walk about four blocks ahead on I Street, to 10th Street, joining New York Ave just before 10th Street.  Turn left on 10th Street and walk ahead two block to Massachusetts Avenue.  Cross Massachusetts Avenue.  The main entrance to the hotel will be on your right. 


2)      Take Metrobus 5A (schedule) from Curb station #2E.  Fare is $7 ($3.50 for seniors), exact change only.  Ride the bus to its terminus at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.  Catch a Yellow Line train in the direction of Ft. Totten or Greenbelt or a Green Line train in the direction of Greenbelt. Ride the train 3 stops to the Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center stop and navigate the remainder of the way as for the National Airport Directions, above.


From BWI Airport: 


1) Take a free shuttle bus to the BWI Rail Station.  Shuttle stops are located on the lower level terminal roadway between door numbers 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 14 & 15, and 17 & 18.  The shuttle will let you off directly in front of the BWI rail station, from where you can catch a MARC train to Union Station in Washington (weekday and weekend schedules) (cost is $7, purchase tickets at the station).  From Union Station, follow the signs to Metro.  Take a Red Line train in the direction of Grosvenor or Shady Grove.  Go two stops, alighting at Gallery Place.  Take the 9th and G Street Exit (towards the front of the train).  Double around as you exit the Metro and proceed up 9th Street four blocks, to Massachusetts Ave.  Cross to the other side of 9th Street and Massachusetts Ave.  The main entrance to the hotel will be immediately ahead of you. 


 2) Catch the B30 Metrobus (schedule) from the stop in front of Concourse A/B (follow the signs for “Public Transit”; this stop is all the way to your left as you exit the terminal) or in front of the International Concourse.  Fare is $7 ($3.50 for seniors), exact change only.  Take the bus to the terminus, the Greenbelt Metro station.  Take a Green Line train in the direction of Branch Ave. for 10 stops, alighting at Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center and navigating the rest of the way as for the National Airport directions, above. 


From Washington Union Station (Amtrak and long-distance buses):  Navigate from Union Station as for the BWI directions, above.


Hotel Accommodations

The Marriott Marquis Washington DC has reserved a block of rooms for those attending the 2016 Annual Meeting. The Marriott Marquis is one of DC's newest and largest hotels, and is convenient both to public transportation and major landmarks. Read more about why attendees should book with the LSA Room Block for the 2016 Annual Meeting.

Reservations may be made online or by telephone through 4:00 PM EST on December 10, 2015.  The special LSA room rates for the 2016 Annual Meeting are:

Single/Double:  $115/night

Triple: $125/night

Quad: $135/night

If reserving by telephone, call 1 (888) 236-2427 (see list of international toll-free numbers here) and mention the Linguistic Society of America rate.  These rates will be honored, subject to availability, three days before and after the Annual Meeting. Note:  as of October 9, 2015, no more rooms are available for a Sunday night stay.


Roommate Finder

The LSA has arranged a Facebook group to assist attendees who are seeking to share a room with one, two, or three other individuals.  Though intended primarily for students, the group may be used by anyone.  Be sure to coordinate arrival and departure dates, assign someone to make the reservation, and verify payment arrangements in advance.  The LSA takes no responsibility for housing arrangements made using this Facebook group.


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 register for the Annual Meeting, go to the Annual Meeting page and click on the "Register for meeting." button at the top of the page.  LSA members must be logged in to the website to obtain the member registration discount.  A downloadable hard-copy registration form is available here.  Meeting registration fees are nonrefundable, but registrants who are unable to attend the meeting may request a complimentary copy of the Handbook.


Early Bird Registration

Early Bird registration for the 2016 Annual Meeting will be available from September 1 through September 30, 2015.

Early Bird registration rates are as follows:

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



Preregistration for the 2016 Annual Meeting will be available from October 1 through December 18, 2015.

Preregistration rates are as follows:

  • Regular/Emeritus/Life Members: $220
  • Student Members: $78
  • Under/Unemployed Members: $85
  • Nonmember - Regular: $320
  • Nonmember - Student: $130

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

Onsite Registration

Any attendees who have not preregistered for the Meeting by the December 18 deadline will need to register onsite during the hours listed immediately above. Onsite registration fees are:

  • Regular/Emeritus/Life Members: $290
  • Student Members: $115
  • Under/Unemployed Members: $100
  • Nonmember - Regular: $390
  • Nonmember - Student: $155
  • Special 1-day Rate: $80


Job Interview Service

For a nominal fee, the LSA provides private space at the Annual Meeting for organizations wishing to interview job candidates or collect CVs from meeting attendees.  Read more about the Job Interview Service here.   Note that as of December 8 there are no more interview rooms available.  Interviewers may still participate in Job Interview Service level I.

Media Requests

To request a press pass or for other media questions, please contact LSA Exectutive Director Alyson Reed.

Advocacy Day

As part of our 90th Annual Meeting, the LSA will be hosting our first-ever Linguistic Advocacy Day. Attendees will be given the opportunity to meet with Congressional offices (including those from their district or state) to talk about political issues of importance to linguists, such as federal scientific research funding and language revitalization. Training and handouts will be provided.

Depending on interest, either one or two Advocacy Days will be held: one on the morning of Thursday, January 7 (with training the afternoon of January 6) and one on the morning of Monday, January 11 (with training the afternoon of January 10). Learn more about Linguistic Advocacy Day.

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 Washington, 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 December 1, 2015.

Sign Language Interpretation

Attendees at the Washington, DC meeting who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by November 13, 2015. 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 "2016 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. View the meeting schedule here.  All requests will be forwarded to the interpreter coordinator for the Washington meeting, who will identify qualified local interpreters, assist with scheduling, and handle day-to-day logistics concerning interpreting.

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