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The 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place January 2-5, 2020, at the:  

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

2 Poydras St.

New Orleans, LA  70130

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), North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS), 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).

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Quick Links

Attendee Newsletters:   Day Zero      Day One     Day Two      Day Three     Day Four

Videorecorded events from the meeting

Photos from the meeting (.pdf)

Annual Meeting Handbook (.pdf)

Call for Organized Session Proposals

Call for Poster and Paper Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for the Five-minute Linguist

Pop-Up Mentoring at the Annual Meeting



Onsite Registration

Hotel Reservations

Local Information

Job Interview Service

Sign Language Interpretation

Child Care/Lactation Room

Information for Exhibitors, Advertisers, and Sponsors

To find out more about having a presence at the LSA Annual Meeting, email David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings.  Online ordering will be available later this year. 


Ever wondered what goes in to planning the LSA Annual Meeting?  Click here for answers to some FAQs on this topic. 

Call for Organized Session Proposals

Proposals for organized sessions at the 2020 Annual Meeting are being accepted through May 15.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for 20-minute paper and poster sessions may be submitted online between May 1 and June 24, 2019.  Click here to submit your abstract.

Note that the deadline for submitting abstracts for the Annual Meeting is June 24, approximately one month earlier than in previous years.  Click here if you're wondering why.

  Read the Call for Abstracts.

First time submitting an abstract for the LSA Annual Meeting?  Not sure how to format your abstract or how to submit it? Check out our Webinar: How to Submit an Abstract for the LSA Annual Meeting for some great tips!

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. 

Pop-Up Mentoring at the Annual Meeting

The LSA is delighted to announce that Pop-Up Mentoring (PUM), an initiative of the LSA's Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL - this committee is now known as the Committee on Gender Equity in Linguistics - COGEL), will be available at the 2020 Annual Meeting.  PUM is open to all, regardless of gender or career stage.  To read more and to sign up as a mentor or mentee, click here.  Please sign up to be a mentee or a mentor no later than December 20.


Sign up for one of the 2020 Annual Meeting minicourses held on Sunday afternoon. 

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. 

In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, the LSA is offering complimentary registration to Indigenous attendees.  Use this printable form to register.

The LSA also offers complimentary registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting to K-12 teachers.  Use this printable form to register. 

Members of the American Dialect Society click here to complete all steps for annual meeting registration. 


Preregistration for the 2020 Annual Meeting will be available from September 1 through December 13, 2019.  Preregister online (click the button at the top of this page) or use this printable form (.pdf).

Preregistration fees will be.

  • Regular/Emeritus/Life Members:  $265.00
  • Student Members:  $86
  • Reduced Rate Members: $90
  • Nonmember - Regular: $385
  • Nonmember - Student: $165

Preregistrants may claim their conference badges and handbooks at the registration desk beginning at 1:00 p.m. on January 2.  

Note that preregistration fees are normally nonrefundable.  .

Onsite Registration

Any attendees who have not preregistered for the Meeting by the December 13 deadline will need to register onsite.

  • Regular/Emeritus/Life Members:  $355
  • Student Members: $132
  • Reduced Rate Members: $105
  • Nonmember - Regular: $$485
  • Nonmember - Student: $202
  • Special 1-day Rate: $85

Local Information

Transportation to/from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport:

  • Jefferson Transit:  From the airport:  Take the E1 Veterans Downtown Airport bus (NOT the E1 Veterans City Park bus) from the outer curb outside level 3 ticket lobby.  Transit time is approximately 50 minutes.  Fare is $2.00.   Ride the bus to Poydras & Magazine streets.  Walk ahead about three blocks to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.  To the airport:  Walk about three blocks to catch the E1 bus at Poydras & Magazine streets.  Fare is $2.00, transit time approximatey 50 minutes.   See schedule information.
  • Airport Shuttle service is available for $24/person one way, $44/person round trip.  Purchase tickets at the Airport Shuttle Ticket Booth located on Level One Baggage Claim between Doors 3 and 4.  Read more ...
  • Taxis are available in a loading zone on the Arrival Curb outside of Level 1 Baggage Claim.  Fare is $36 to downtown for up to two passangers.  For three or more passengers, the fare is $15/person. Read more ...
  • Lyft, Uber, or other on-demand ride service:  pick up is on Level 1 outside the doors between baggage claim 9 and 11.  Read more ...

Transportation within New Orleans using the Regional Transit Authority (bus, streetcar, and ferry)

Dining options near the hotel (Google Maps)

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 New Orleans meeting who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by November 15, 2019. 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 "2020 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. A meeting schedule will be available in fall 2019. All requests will be forwarded to the interpreter coordinator for the New Orleans 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, 2019 of their intentions.  The Trafalgar Room on the third flloor will be the nursing room, and will be equipped with a small refrigerator.  Annual meeting presenters may be reimbursed up to $100 for child care expenses incurred in conjunction with the Meeting. 

Hotel Reservations

The Hilton New Orleans Riverside has reserved a block of rooms for those attending the 2020 Annual Meeting. The Hilton is one of New Orleans' largest hotels, and is convenient to public transportation, major landmarks, and the innumerable dining and entertainment options offered by The Big Easy.  Read more about why attendees should book with the LSA Room Block for the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Reserve your room online or contact Hilton reservations at 800-445-8667 (or see international contact phone numbers) and mention the Linguistic Society of America meeting. 

The initial deadline for hotel reservations has passed, but the HIlton has agrreed to honor the LSA rate through January, subject to availability.  The special LSA room rates for the 2020 Annual Meeting are:

Standard Rooms

Single/Double:  $139/night

Triple: $169/night

Quad: $199/night

Deluxe view rooms are available for $10/night in addition to the rates above, and Premium rooms (with complimentary upgraded wifi, Health Club access, and daily complimentary continental breakfast or adult beverage) for $40/night additional.

The conference room rate will be honored, subject to availability, three days before and three days after the meeting.  Note that availablility before the meeting may be limited.

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