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The 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place January 4-7, 2018, at the:

Grand America Salt Lake City

555 South Main Street 

Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Public Transit Directions



Online Content from the 2018 Annual Meeting

Special Panel: Our Linguistics Community Addressing Bias, Power Dynamics,and Harassment (.pdf)


Career Mixer

Minutes of Business Meeting (.pdf)

Panel on The Publication Process Demystified (.pdf)

LSA Awards Ceremony (video)

5 Minute Linguist Competition (video)

Read the Annual Meeting Newsletters:  Day Zero    Day One    Day Two    Day Three    Day Four

The LSA will meet concurrently with the American Dialect Society (ADS), American Name Society (ANS), North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences (NAAHoLS), Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL), Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL), and the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA).

The Annual Meeting Handbook is now available online.

Quick Links


Call for Organized Session Proposals

Call for Poster and Paper Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for the Five-minute Linguist


Onsite Registration

Hotel Reservations

Local Information

Job Interview Service

Sign Language Interpretation

Child Care/Lactation Room

2018 Sponsor of the Five-minute Linguist: Department of Linguistics, University of Utah


2018 Annual Meeting CEDL Travel Award Sponsor:




2018 Annual Meeting Package Sponsor:  Modern Language Association  


Annual Meeting Merchandise Now Available

Plenary Speakers

  • Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University: The Neurobiology of Language from the Perspective of Sign Languages
  • Lisa Green, University of Massachusetts Amherst: African American English and Fifty Years of Research:Variation, Development, and Implications for the Pipelines
  • Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Toward an Individual-feature-cue Based Model of Speech Processing in Perception, Production and Learning

Presidential Address by Larry Hyman, University of California, Berkeley: What Tone Teaches Us About Language

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Call for Organized Session Proposals

The Program Committee of the LSA is accepting proposals for Organized Sessions to be held at the 2018 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah from January 4-7.  An Organized Session is an excellent opportunity to present a group of similarly-focused presentations on a wide variety of topics and in a wide variety of formats. In addition to individual LSA members, Committees and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are encouraged to submit proposals on topics falling under their purview.

Proposals of two kinds will be accepted for presentation at the 2018 Annual Meeting.  The bulk of the time set aside for organized sessions (30 hours) will be reserved for "regular" organized sessions and the remainder (6 hours) for organized sessions that build upon themes that emerge at the preceding Linguistic Institute. Proposals for the two kinds of sessions are identical in format; the deadline is the only difference.

The submission deadline for "regular" organized session proposals is May 15, 2017.  The deadline for proposals that build upon themes emerging at the Institute will be August 15.  For more information about submitting an organized session, click here.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for regular posters and papers may be submitted via the green "Submit abstract" button at the top of this page from June 1 through July 31, 2017 (login to LSA website required).  Please refer to the Call for Abstracts for more information about submitting an abstract and links to sample abstracts. 

"The Five-minute Linguist"

The Five-Minute Linguist is a high-profile contest during which selected speakers will be judged on their ability to present their research in a brief but informative way.  These five-minute presentations should be lively and engaging, delivered without notes on a stage without a podium, with audiovisual effects of the speaker’s choosing. The talks should be directed to a nonspecialist audience, may come from any subfield of the science, and must display qualities that will attract interdisciplinary interest. 

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.


Preregistration for the 2018 Annual Meeting will be available from September 1 through December 15, 2017. To preregister for the meeting, please log in to the LSA website, navigate to the Annual Meeting web page, and click on the red "Register for Meeting" button at the top of the page.  Be sure that you are logged in to the website so that you can obtain the member registration discount.  A downloadable copy of the registration form is available here.

Preregistration rates are as follows:

  • Regular/Emeritus/Life Members: $240
  • Student Members: $78
  • Under/Unemployed Members: $90
  • Nonmember - Regular: $350
  • Nonmember - Student: $150

Preregistrants may claim their conference badges and handbooks at the registration desk beginning at 1:00 p.m. on January 4. Registration will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on January 4, from 8:00 AM. to 7:00 p.m. on January 5 and 6, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on January 7.

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: $310
  • Student Members: $115
  • Under/Unemployed Members: $105
  • Nonmember - Regular: $420
  • Nonmember - Student: $175
  • Special 1-day Rate: $85

Local Information

Public Transit Directions

  • Airport to hotel:  Follow the signs to the TRAX Light Rail stop at the south end of Terminal One.  Take a Green Line train in the direction of West Valley Central.  Ride ten stops, alighting at the Courthouse station.  The Grand America will be 1/2 block ahead of you, on your left, and the Little America directly across the street from the Grand America, on your right.  Trains run every 15 minutes weekdays, and every 20 minutes on weekends.  Fare is $2.50.  More information is available here. The trip takes about 1/2 hour.
  • Hotel to airport.  Exit the hotel.  The Courthouse Station will be 1/2 block on your right (if you're exiting the Grand America) or on your left (if you're exiting the Little America).  Take a Green Line train in the direction of the Airport Station.

The Courthouse station is within the Utah Transit Authority's Fare Free Zone, which allows free travel within much of downtown Salt Lake City.

Click here for additional information about local transportation, dining, nightlife, and more.  Thanks to Miranda McCarvel (University of Utah)!

Click here for additional information on bars and restaurants, compiled by students from the University of Utah.

Click here for information on local bands, concerts, and events happening in Salt Lake City.

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

Sign Language Interpretation

Attendees at the Austin meeting who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by November 10, 2017. Presenters who plan to present in ASL must also notify the Secretariat by that date in order to ensure that interpretation is provided. All requests should be sent to David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings, with the words "2017 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.The meeting schedule is available here.  All requests will be forwarded to the interpreter coordinator for the Austin meeting, who will identify qualified local interpreters, assist with scheduling, and handle day-to-day logistics concerning interpreting.

Support Sign Language Interpretation at the LSA

Child Care/Lactation Room

Attendees who will be bringing children to the Annual Meeting should notify David Robinson no later than December 1 of their intentions.  The LSA will make available information about local child care providers and facilitate mutual child care.  Annual meeting presenters may be reimbursed up to $100 for child care expenses incurred in conjunction with the Meeting.  A Lactation Room will be provided if requested. 

Hotel Reservations

The Grand America Hotel has reserved a block of rooms for those attending the 2018 Annual Meeting. The Grand America is one of Salt Lake City's largest hotels, and is convenient to public transportation, major landmarks, and local dining and entertainment options.  The Little America Hotel, the sister property directly across the street from the Grand America, has reserved a block of rooms for students at a discounted rate (see below).. Read more about why attendees should book with the LSA Room Block for the 2018 Annual Meeting.

The LSA has set up a Facebook group to assist attendees in finding roommates for the Annual Meeting. 

Reservations will be available from September 1 through Decemb er 13, 2017. The special LSA room rates for the 2018 Annual Meeting are:

Standard Rooms (Grand America Hotel)

Single/Double:  $124/night

Triple: $134/night

Quad: $144/night

To book a room online, click here, or call 800-437-5288 and reference the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting. The triple/quad rates are avaialble only for rooms with two beds. 

Student Rooms (Little America Hotel)

Single/Double $94/night

Triple: $104/night

Quad: $114/night

The LSA has reserved a block of rooms especially for student attendees at the Little America Hotel, directly across the street from the Grand America.  For more information about reserving one of these rooms, click hereNOTE:  Access to this link is restrictied to Student Members of the LSA.  If you are a student member of a sister society or will be attending the meeting and paying the higher nonmember student registration rate, please contact David Robinson for access to the reservations link. 









Watch this "Welcome to Salt Lake City" video put together by linguistics students from the University of Utah to get ready for the Annual Meeting!

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