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*LSA members should log in to the LSA website before registering.  Unemployed LSA members please email LSA staff or telephone 202-835-1714 to obtain the student registration rate.
The LSA is proud to sponsor Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 28, which will be hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, from May 18 through May 20, 2018,
Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at the Ray and Maria Stata Center at 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.  Directions and a map are available on the conference website.


This year marks the second year of a new relationship between SALT and the LSA.  The LSA will handle conference registration, publish the proceedings, and promote SALT as part of its mission to advance the scientific study of language through scholarly communication.

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Special Session on Semantics and Inclusion/Diversity (SAID), Thursday, May 17

On the eve of SALT, Thursday May 17, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, there will be a session on Semantics and Inclusion/Diversity (SAID), organized by the SALT Steering Committee. This is a new initiative to help us figure out how we can ensure that our conferences and our field are fair, safe and open to all. Keynote speaker: Lynne Tirrell, University of Connecticut. Tirrell has combined detailed, theoretical work on language with the human reality of monstrous events. She has related work on transitional justice and apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation, as well as work on metaphor, storytelling, pornography,  and feminist theory. She is Past Chair of the APA Committee on Public Philosophy. After Dr. Tirrell’s presentation there will be a mildly structured discussion of issues of inclusion and diversity in our field, and what steps can or should be taken. The session will include an introduction to the COSWL pop-up mentoring initiative. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Light refreshments will be offered.

Pop-up Mentoring Event

The LSA Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL) is excited to debut "Pop-Up Mentoring" at a number of conferences this spring, including SALT at MIT. The Pop-Up Mentoring event at SALT will take place during lunch time (1:00 - 2:30 PM) Saturday during the conference. All attendees are invited to participate; this event is not restricted to women, and is open to participants at all career stages. The event is free, but you must register online in advance, so that we can pair mentees and mentors and get a rough head count.  To register for Pop-Up Mentoring at SALT, please click here to register as a mentor or here to register as a mentee.  You will be asked to complete a brief google form.

Conference Registration

MIT affiliates (students, postdocs, faculty) do not need to register through this site. Please send an email with your information to [email protected], so that a name tag can be ready for you at the conference. If you plan to attend the conference reception and dinner on Saturday May 19 at the MIT Museum, we ask you for a $30 payment (which you can pay in cash or check at the conference).

Registration for the conference will be available online from March 5 - May 16, and again onsite from May 18-20. To register, click the large red "Register for Meeting" button at the top of this page and follow the prompts.  LSA members should log in to the website first to obtain the registration discount.

Registration rates are below. The cost of registration includes the cost of the Saturday night dinner. It also includes a fee, $10 for students or unemployed linguists and $20 for others, to support the availability, both now and in the future, of ASL interpretation at SALT, when needed.

LSA Members*

  • Students and unemployed: $90
  • Others: $150

*LSA members should log in to the LSA website before registering.  Unemployed LSA members please email LSA staff or telephone 202-835-1714 to obtain the student registration rate.


  • Students and unemployed: $90
  • Others: $160

ASL Interpretation

Attendees at the SALT 28 who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the organizers and register for the meeting by May 4, 2018. Presenters who plan to present in ASL must also notify the organizers by that date in order to ensure that interpretation is provided. All requests should be sent to the conference organizers, with the words "SALT 28 ASL Interpretation Request" in the subject line. Please include a list of sessions, papers, posters, and any other events you expect to attend.  The SALT 28 Program is available here.

The registration for this event is closed.