Resource Guides

Taking Linguistics to the Public: An Outreach Guide

Linguistics and the News Media: An LSA Guide for Linguists

Directory of Departments and Programs

The LSA Directory of Linguistics Departments and Programs, published in hard copy since the 1970s, is now a searchable online database users can explore to find out more about linguistics and linguistics-related departments and programs at universities and colleges, primarily in North America. It is recommended especially for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in linguistics. In addition to the entries for individual programs/departments, the LSA produces an annual report on the "State of Linguistics in Higher Education," based on the data provided within the directory.

FAQ Pamphlets

The LSA's FAQ pamphlets are educational and authoritative guides to language-related issues. Written with the layperson in mind, FAQs may be used as instructional aids in linguistics courses, at information sessions for prospective linguistics students, and as part of outreach program to professionals in other fields.

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Articles in the Field of Linguistics

An article entitled "The Field of Linguistics" was first published by the Linguistic Society of America in 1982. Facilitated by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, it was written to explain the discipline to the general public. A new edition was edited by Geoffrey Nunberg and Thomas Wasow in 1997. The plan is to update this page periodically and to expand the coverage of areas. If you are interested in updating an article, or writing a new one, please contact the LSA by clicking here.

Annual Meeting Handbook

The Annual Meeting Handbook provides a permanent record of the scholarly and professional development activities taking place at each Annual Meeting. It includes abstracts of all plenary, organized, concurrent, and poster sessions of the LSA and the "sister societies" that meet with it: ADS, ANS, NAAHoLS, SPCL, and SSILAClick here to order a copy. (PDF)

Annual Report on the State of Linguistics in Higher Education

The Annual Report on the State of Linguistics in Higher Education details trends in the field of linguistics to include information about student enrollment, academic job titles, salaries, gender, and ethnicity. 

LSA & Routledge Book Series

Book-length adaptations of the LSA's popular FAQ pamphlets series exploring key topics in the field of linguistics. 

Workshop Reports from the biennial Linguistic Institutes

At the 2009 Institute held at UC Berkeley, a workshop on Cyberlinguistics was conducted for interested participants, with funding from the NSF. The final report is available here (PDF).

Other LSA Resources:

  • The LSA has issued a number of Resolutions, Statements, Endorsements and Guides expressing the opinion of the Society on matters of public importance and providing guidance to linguists engaged in scholarly research, including recent Guidelines on Ethics for LSA Publications and Conferences.

  • The LSA's News Room documents the Society's News Releases and other resources for the media.

  • The LSA Bulletin was for many years the Society's publication of record for membership news, job and conference listings, funding resources and, annually in December, the roster of members. The Bulletin was published in print form from the 1920s through 1991, and then online from 2000 (online only from October 2005). It ceased publication altogether in 2009. View online issues of the Bulletin or visit JSTOR to view the digital archive of print editions. The LSA Update, a periodic e-mail newsletter for members, replaced the Bulletin in 2010.

  • The Five-Minute Linguist offers quick and reliable answers to questions about language that most of us have, aimed at a general audience. To order your copy, please visit the Equinox website.

  • The LSA Prospectus (PDF) is a comprehensive one-stop guide for organizations wishing to advertise their products and services online, in the LSA's publications, at its Annual Meeting and biennial Institute, or via mailing list rental or sponsored e-mails.

  • The LSA Advertising Policy provides guidelines to those wishing to advertise with the LSA.

  • A list of Podcasts on Language and Linguistics.