The 84th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place January 7-10, 2010 at the:

Hilton Baltimore
401 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21201

Phone: 1-443-573-8700
Fax: 1-443-683-8841

Download LSA Prospectus for Exhibitors, Advertisers and Sponsors

Download reservation forms for Exhibitors, Advertisers and Sponsors

Download a Media Advisory with meeting highlights

The 2010 Annual Meeting Handbook is now available online.

The American Dialect Society, the American Name Society, the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences, the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, and the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas will meet concurrently with the LSA.

Confirmed plenary speakers for the 2010 Annual Meeting are:

  • Colin Phillips (University of Maryland): "Grammatical illusions: Where you see them, where you don't"
  • The Program Committee regrets to announce that Dr. Ted Supalla (University of Rochester), originally scheduled to present an invited plenary talk on Thursday evening, January 7, will be unable to attend the meeting due to illness. In place of his talk, Dr. Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State University) will host a "Thursday Night at the Movies" program of short documentaries on language change and language documentation.


Quick Links



Preliminary Program

The 2010 Annual Meeting will begin on Thursday 7 January at 4:00 p.m. View the preliminary program online or download it as a PDF.


Abstract Submission

Abstract submission for the 2010 Annual Meeting closed on 31 July 2009. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in late September.


Hotel Accomodations

The Hilton Baltimore has reserved a block of rooms for those attending the 2010 Annual Meeting. All guest rooms feature flat screen TV, Hilton Alarm Clock Radio with MP3 connection, flexible work area, in-room safe, Cuisinart dual-cup single-brew coffee maker, hairdryer, iron, and ironing board. The Serenity Bath features La Source from Crabtree & Evelyn.

Why attendees should book with the LSA Room Block for the 2010 Annual Meeting.

Online registration for the Hilton Baltimore is now closed. You may still be able to obtain rooms by calling 1-800-HILTONS and requesting the LSA rate. NOTE: The Hilton Baltimore is now sold out for the night of Thursday, 7 January. To make alternate housing arrangements, we recommend consulting and using the Baltimore Convention Center as a landmark.

Special Note: We are delighted to announce that the LSA has secured the following additional amenities for attendees who register, as part of the LSA's room block, using the hotel's dedicated LSA meeting web site or toll-free telephone number as described below.

  • complimentary in-room internet access
  • complimentary access to the Hilton Baltimore's fitness area with heated indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna

Reservations should be made by Tuesday, 15 December 2009 to qualify for the special LSA rate.

The special LSA room rates for the 2010 Annual Meeting are:

$125/night (additional guests $20/person/night)
Executive Level:
$155/night (additional guests $20/person/night)

Executive level rooms provide a range of upgraded amenities and meal options for a low additional cost. Executive room guests enjoy upgraded furnishings and expanded amenities including bottled water and robes, private check-in and concierge, and access to morning continental breakfast and afternoon hors d'œuvres in the Concierge Lounge.

You may make room reservations by phone by calling 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and requesting the LSA rate.



By Air

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), the closest airport to the conference hotel, is a major hub for discount carrier Southwest Airlines. From BWI, several hundred daily flights serve over sixty domestic and seven international destinations. Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), while further away, provide additional flight options to the National Capital Area.

By Train

Baltimore's Penn Station provides high-speed rail service to the city from destinations throughout the Northeastern U.S.

Baltimore's Light Rail system provides frequent, inexpensive ($1.60 each way; purchase tickets from vending machine before boarding) service between Penn Station and the Camden Yards light rail stop, one block from the Hilton.

Note the Light Rail system's hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.

For meeting attendees traveling from Washington, DC and points in between, the MARC Camden Line Train provides an easy way to reach the Hilton Baltimore on weekdays.

By Bus

A number of inexpensive bus services link Baltimore with point north.

Getting to the Hilton Baltimore from local airports

From Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

The hotel is one block from the Camden Yards Light Rail Station. Board the Light Rail system at the arrivals level at the north end of BWI airport (near the International Arrivals area) and take a train in the direction of Hunt Valley for ten (10) stops before alighting at the Camden Yards station. Tickets ($1.60 one way) should be purchased from a vending machine before boarding. The Hilton Baltimore will be one block ahead of you and to your left.

Note the Light Rail system's hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.

From Washington National Airport (DCA)

Take Metrorail to Union Station, where you can board a northbound MARC Camden Line train (weekdays only) to Camden Station or Amtrak train to Baltimore Penn Station. From Camden Station, the Hilton Baltimore is one block ahead of you and to your left; from Penn Station, the hotel is a short ride by taxi or local bus.

From Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Take the Washington Flyer Coach for transportation from Dulles to the West Falls Church Metrorail station, or the Number 5A Metrobus (PDF) from the airport to the Rossyln Metrorail station. From there, take the Metrorail to Union Station, where you can board a northbound MARC Camden Line train to Camden Station or an Amtrak train to Baltimore Penn Station. From Camden Station, the Hilton Baltimore is one block ahead of you and to your left; from Penn Station, the hotel is a short ride by taxi or local bus. Note: count on at least two hours' travel time.




The Local Arrangements Committee for the Baltimore meeting has prepared an interactive dining guide for attendees at the Baltimore meeting. Hard copies of this guide will be available at the registration desk. Please also check out current dining specials at local establishments.


Local Attractions

For more information on the Baltimore area, including local attractions, shopping, restaurants, and transportation, see the Visit Baltimore website.

More specific information, including a local restaurant guide, will be available at a later date.



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.


Preregistration for the 2010 Annual Meeting is now closed. You may still register onsite (see "Onsite Registration Prices," below); cash, check, and Visa or MasterCard are accepted for onsite payment.

Regular/Emeritus/Life Members
Student Members
Under/Unemployed Members
$70 (contact LSA Secretariat)
Nonmember - Regular
Nonmember - Student

(Note that the cost of registering as a nonmember is slightly more than the cost of purchasing an LSA membership and registering at LSA member rates. To join the LSA in order to receive member registration rates, click here.)

Preregistrants may claim their conference tote bags, badges, and handbooks at the registration desk in the South Foyer of the Hilton Baltimore beginning at 12:00 p.m. on 7 January. Registration will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 7 January, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 8 and 9 January, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on 11 January.

Onsite Registration

The onsite registration fees for the 2010 Annual Meeting are:

Regular/Emeritus/Life Members
Student Members
Under/Unemployed Members
Nonmember - Regular
Nonmember - Student
Special 1-day Rate


LSA Meeting Services

Child Care

Members who notify the Secretariat that they plan to bring children to the meeting will receive the names and e-mail addresses of other members who expect to bring their children to Baltimore, so that they may arrange for mutual babysitting services if convenient. In addition, members may arrange for babysitting services by contacting the Hilton's concierge directly.

Attendees who are presenting at the LSA meeting are eligible for a maximum $100 stipend to offset child care costs. Those wishing to avail themselves of this service must notify the Secretariat no later than 1 December, 2009.

Job Placement

A Job Placement Area will be available. The fee for employers wishing to list jobs and/or schedule interviews with job applicants is $125 per listing; there is no charge for job applicants to use this service. Job interviews arranged through the LSA's job placement service take place in regular hotel meeting rooms set up for this purpose. All interviewers and interviewees, like all meeting attendees, are required to register for the Meeting.

A more detailed description of the Job Placement Service and a form for employers wishing to schedule interviews is available here.

Sign Language Interpretation

Attendees at the Baltimore meeting who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by 20 November 2009. Presenters who plan to present in ASL must also notify the Secretariat by 20 November 2009 to ensure that interpretation is provided. All requests should be sent to David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings, with the words "2010 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 preliminary meeting schedule will be online by late September 2009). All requests will be forwarded to the interpreter coordinator for the Baltimore meeting, who will identify qualified local interpreters, assist with scheduling, and handle day-to-day logistics concerning interpreting.


The LSA thanks its corporate sponsors for the 2010 Annual Meeting, John Benjamins Publishing Company and Brill. Please contact Alyson Reed, the LSA's Executive Director, if you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of this or any future Annual Meeting.