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Covid-19 Information

Contact Tracing

In order to facilitate contact tracing in the event a fellow participant subsequently tests positive for Covid, we are asking all in-person participants to check in to each session. Please text us at (202) 813-9061 with your name and the room location of the event you are attending. This will allow us to alert attendees if another attendee in the same space at the same time should later test positive.

Changing Registration Options and Refunds

A note on meeting format and planning: We are continuing to monitor the situation with regard to COVID-19 and will provide updates here as the situation changes. Please see our COVID-related policies for more information. We are currently planning to offer the bulk of the annual meeting content in person. Attendees who are unable or unwilling to attend the in-person meeting will be offered a virtual alternative. Note, too, that if you are joining the conference virtually, all times listed on the schedule are Eastern Standard Time (EST). Some virtual sessions will be broadcast for general viewing by in-person attendees in Columbia 12. Sessions marked with "Virtual Viewing Room" will be streamed in this area.

Please note: if the District of Columbia Government should prohibit large indoor events in response to the emerging omicron variant, the Annual Meeting will be completely virtual. In that event, the LSA will convert in-person registrations to the virtual option and will refund the remaining registration fees upon request. There will also be an option to convert the refunded fees to membership dues or a charitable donation.

If you experience any difficulty with registration, please call the LSA offices during business hours at (202) 835-1714.

Resources to Plan Your Attendance

The Annual Meeting schedule is mostly finalized, with clickable links to abstracts, by clicking on the "Schedule" tab that is available at the top of this page. Each session is labeled with the format in which it will be delivered: virtual, hybrid or in-person.   LSA members are able to create a personalized schedule by clicking on the "Personal Schedule" tab and selecting the sessions they wish to attend (login to LSA website required).

For a quick overview of session formats, please click this link for a summary of the in-person, hybrid, and virtual activities at the 2022 Annual Meeting.

Plenary Presenters

The 2022 LSA Annual Meeting will host experts in their fields that include the three distinguished professors below. Join us at the meeting for these presentations!

Michel DeGraff (PhD. University of Pennsylvania) is a Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is one of the most influential figures in Creole linguistics today. His many publications range from formal studies of the morphosyntax of Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) to investigations of race, linguistic justice, politics, and education in the context of Creole languages. He is the director of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, which “promotes active learning and Kreyòl language in STEM disciplines taught in schools in order to help Haitians learn in the language most of them speak at home.” He has also been a strong advocate for the linguistic rights of children, offering remarks on this topic on behalf of the LSA to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and serving as the LSA representative to the Science and Human Rights Coalition for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Julie Hochgesang (PhD. Gallaudet) is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University. She is a Deaf linguist who conducts research on the phonology and phonetics of signed languages, documentation (fieldwork, transcription and corpus linguistics) of signed languages, and making linguistics accessible to the general community (ASL teachers, interpreters, teachers of the Deaf, etc.). She has published nearly 20 papers, edited 4 books, and given dozens of presentations including multiple plenaries on these topics.

Tracey Weldon, (PhD. Ohio State University) is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education at the University of South Carolina. She is a quantitative sociolinguist, specializing in varieties of American English, with a particular focus on African American English (AAE) and Gullah. She was one of the producers of the documentary Talking Black in America. Her most recent book is Middle Class African American English., Cambridge University Press (2021).

Educational Programming

Special Events and Activities

  • Pop-Up Mentoring at the Annual Meeting
  • The Five-Minute Linguist
  • Student Programming
    • Student Panel
    • Student Lounge (Gunston Room, Friday, January 7th, and Saturday, January 8th, 9 AM - 5 PM EST) 
      • Refreshments for students and parents available from 10 AM to 3:30 PM both days! 
    • Student Mixer: Friday, January 7th 8:30-10:00 PM EST
  • Career Mixer
  • Sessions for High School Teachers and Students
    • High School Student Research Showcase: A poster session for high school students. Students will present their findings on research projects pertaining to linguistic and language topics. The session will be open to all who would like to visit and ask the students about their research.  Students should follow the Poster Guidelines and submit initial poster descriptions by December 17th.  
    • High School Escape Room: Put your linguistics knowledge to the test to escape the room! The escape room will feature a variety of language and linguistics-themed puzzles, riddles, and tasks. This event will be open to groups of up to 6 high school students at a time. Hint will be given, if necessary. Groups can register to complete the escape room during their initial check-in.  [NOTE: The Escape Room will now be virtual!]
    • High School Meet and Greet: Adjacent to the escape room, there will be a space for students to network and meet like-minded high school students. Students may meet to discuss club ideas, linguistics opportunities, and linguistics events. This is located in Columbia 9 on Saturday, January 8th, from 3:30-7pm.
    • LiSC Organized Session - "Linguistics in High School: Pathways towards Student Engagement"
  • SSILA Co-sponsored session on Inclusive Pathways and Broadening Participation for Native Americans in the Language Sciences (Hybrid Session).  Open to non-meeting attendees with required but free registration. 
  • 'Word of the Year' from ADS (Sign-up link here)

Pop-Up Mentoring

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), now known as COGEL (Committee on Gender Equity in Linguistics). COGEL representatives travel to conferences and offer attendees the chance to meet briefly with mentors outside of their official support system. This year, there are multiple PUMP events planned:

  • General PUMP Event: Friday, January 7th, 2022 (11-12PM, in-person) and Saturday, January 8th, 2022 (12-2PM, in-person) [mentees: register here] [mentors: register here]
    • Students: please sign up by January 6th so that pairings can be made efficiently.
  • PUMP-LBA (Industry) Event: Saturday, January 8th, 2022 (12-2PM, virtual) [register here]
  • Individual virtual meetings between mentor and mentees.
  • Linguistics Beyond Academia Career Mixer (see above)


Did you know that YOU are a part of the history of Linguistics? And that the Linguistic Society of America wants to hear all about it?

As part of the LSA’s preparation to celebrate its centennial in 2024, we are collecting personal stories about individual members’ experiences in our field and their involvement with the Society and with Linguistics in general.  Do you have a story to tell about how you got interested in Linguistics?  About the course of your studies or career to date?  About people you’ve met, places you’ve gone, languages you’ve studied, ideas you’re committed to it? 

We want to hear all about it!

A linguistic version of the national StoryCorps, an LSA-initiated project modeled on StoryCorps that we are calling LingStoryCorps, will be held at the Annual Meeting, and anyone can participate.  No preparation needed—just show up and tell us about your experiences, memories, plans, ideas, gripes, questions, etc. as someone interested in the study of language.  We’ll audio-record what you have to say and enter it into our oral history of 21st century linguists’ lives in linguistics.  As much as possible, we want to capture a comprehensive sample, so whatever your involvement in linguistics, just come by and talk. 

We’re listening

LSA volunteer and Boston College graduate student Leo Seung Kim and LSA past-President Brian Joseph will interview you and record your remarks, stories, and observations.  So please sign up for a 15-minute time slot for an interview/conversation by e-mailing Leo ([email protected]) or Brian ([email protected]), or just show up; here is the venue for our recording and our hours of availability: Northwest Room Friday: 9am - 11am and 4pm - 6 pm, Saturday: 9am - 11am and 4pm - 6 pm, Sunday: 9am – 12noon

American Dialect Society members must register and pay an additional fee for the ADS meeting.  Click here for complete registration instructions.

UPDATE: As of December 27th, the American Dialect Society 2022 Annual Meeting is going completely virtual. You can view an updated schedule here, complete with Zoom links for the sessions.

Meeting Registration


Preregistration for the 2022 Annual Meeting closed on December 15, 2021. Note that preregistration fees are normally nonrefundable, however, given the uncertainty related to COVID-19 we are pleased to transfer an in-person registration to a virtual one at any time, with a credit for the balance applied to membership purchase and/or renewal (extending the date of expiration where applicable). To switch modalities, please contact [email protected].

Preregistrants for in-person attendance may pick up their conference packets at the registration desk beginning on January 6.  Preregistrants for virtual attendance will be sent instructions in advance of the meeting.

Preregistration Pricing In Person Virtual
LSA Member Student $95 $65
Other LSA Member $295


Nonmember Student $145 $115
Other Nonmember $395 $215
One-Day $85 $55


Regular Registration

Download a PDF registration form to register offline for the meeting.

Regular registration will be available from December 16, 2021 - January 9, 2022.

Registration Pricing In Person Virtual
LSA Member Student $130 $65
Other LSA Members $390


Nonmember Student $150 $115
Other Nonmember $400 $215
One-Day $85 $55

To register, please click the red "Register for Meeting" button at the top of this page to register.  If you are an LSA member please log in to the LSA website before registering so that your demographic information will prepopulate the form and the LSA member registration discount will be applied. To register for one or more days of the meeting at the one-day rate, click here: One-Day Registration. Regular registration will also be available on-site at the Washington Hilton.  Those seeking to register for the meeting on-site will be expected to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result perfromed within the past 24 hours.

Hotel Reservations

The Washington Hilton has reserved a block of rooms for those attending the 2022 Annual Meeting. The Hilton is one of Washington's largest and most iconic hotels, and is convenient to public transportation, major landmarks, and the innumerable dining and entertainment options offered by the nation's capital. Read more about why attendees should book with the LSA Room Block for the 2022 Annual Meeting. Room reservations are available through December 6, 2021. 

The special LSA room rates for the 2022 Annual Meeting are:

Standard Rooms

  • Single/Double:  $139/night
  • Triple:  $164/night
  • Quad: $189/night

The conference room rate will be honored, subject to availability, three days before and three days after the meeting.

Click here to reserve your room online now, or call 800-445-8667 to reserve your room by phone.  If reserving by phone, be sure to mention the Linguistic Society of America meeting.  Click here for a list of Hilton's international toll-free numbers. 

Suggested dining options include Sette Osteria, Lauriol Plaza, Lebanese Taverna, Bravo Bravo, Rosemarino D’Italia, Floriana, and Zorba’s Café.

Sign Language Interpretation

Attendees at the 2022 virtual meeting who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by early December, 2021. Presenters who plan to present in ASL must also notify the Secretariat by then in order to ensure that interpretation is provided. All requests should be sent to the Meetings Manager with the words "LSA 2022 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. 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.

Support Sign Language Interpretation at the LSA

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Call for Abstracts and Sessions

Call for Poster and Paper Abstracts - CLOSED June 30, 2021, 11:59 pm, Eastern time.

Call for Abstracts for the Five-minute Linguist - CLOSED June 30, 2021, 11:59 pm, Eastern time.

Organized session proposals for the 2022 Annual Meeting CLOSED May 17, 2021, 11:59 pm, Eastern time.

Call for Session Chairs CLOSED December 1st, 2021.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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