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The 95th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place virtually from January 7-10, 2021.

Annual Meeting Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: 

Modern Language Association  

Oxford University Press


Banner Sponsor: 


Silver sponsors:


MIT Press



Bronze Sponsors:

Gallaudet University Press     






F.A.Q about the 2021 virtual Annual Meeting

Information for 2021 virtual Annual Meeting presenters

Read a News Release about the Annual Meeting (.pdf)

Virtual Annual Meeting Handbook

Sister Society Programs

North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences (NAAHoLS), January 8 and 9:  contact dboeATnmuDOTedu for the link to join this virtual meeting. 

North American Reserach Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS).  January 8-11.  Contact NARNiHistSoc [at] gmail [dot] com to request the link and passcode to join the meeting.

Quick Links

Call for Organized Session Proposals

Call for Poster and Paper Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for the Five-minute Linguist

Minicourses at the 2021 Virtual Meeting

Pop-Up Mentoring at the Annual Meeting

Meeting Registration

Sign Language Interpretation


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

The call for Organized Session Proposals has closed. 

Call for Abstracts

The call for Abstracts has closed.


The following minicourses will take place on Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 9:00 or 10:00 AM (see individual descriptions) to 3:00 PM Pacific Time, with a break for lunch. Click on the links below for more information and to register for one of the minicourses.  Tuition for the minicourses is $30.00, with the exception of the last one, which is $5.00.  Registration is limited to 30 per minicourse (50 for the last minicourse). 

Pop-Up Mentoring at the Annual Meeting

The Pop-Up Mentoring Program (PUMP) is an initiative, launched by a subset of the LSA's Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL - this committee is now known as COGEL - the Committee on Gender Equity in Linguistics), that travels around from conference to conference, giving anyone who is interested a chance to have a brief meeting with a mentor outside of their official support system.  Read more and sign up as a mentee or a mentor here no later than December 30, 2020. 

Meeting Registration

Everyone attending the meeting is expected to register. Compliance is important for keeping our fees affordable. 

Registration for the virtual meeting will be available from November 16, 2020 and will be ongoing during the meeting. Note that during the dates of the meeting (January 7-10), registration will not be instantaneous.  Please attempt to register at least one day in advance of the day you plan to first attend the meeting.   Registration rates are as follows:

LSA members -- Student:  $25.00

LSA members -- Nonstudent: $100

LSA nonmembers - Student: $75.00

LSA nonmembers - Nonstudent:  $210

Technical Support will be available during the following hours:

Wednesday, January 6, 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Thursday, January 7, 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM Pacfic Time

Friday, January 8, 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Saturday, January 9, 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Sunday, January 10, 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

To register for the meeting, navigate to the top of this page, click the red "Register for Meeting" button, and follow the prompts. LSA members should log in to the LSA website before registering in order to obtain the member discount.   Why is there a registration fee for the Annual Meeting?

LSA members who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can request a reduction or waiver of registration fees here.  In addition, registration waivers will be made available through the CEDL Diversity Travel Grant program (normally used to help defray expenses of minority scholars to the in-person meeting), and approximately 90 volunteer time slots will be made available to LSA student members in exchange for volunteeriing as virtual session room monitors during the meeting.  Student members of the LSA will be notified of these opportunities in late November 2020. 

If you are able to, please consider a donation to support registration fee reductions/waivers for LSA member impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Reducations and waivers will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis, but with priority given to graduate students and contingent faculty.  Click on one or more of the buttons below to add a donation to your registration payment.

Sign Language Interpretation

Attendees at the 2021 virtual meeting who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by December 10, 2020. 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 "LSA 2021 Annual 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 is available here. All requests will be forwarded to the interpreter coordinator for the, who will identify qualified local interpreters, assist with scheduling, and handle day-to-day logistics concerning interpreting.

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