The 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place January 5-8, 2012 at the:

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

921 SW Sixth Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97204

Tel: 1-503-226-1611

Fax: 1-503-220-2565

Plenary Speakers:

  • Patrice Speeter Beddor (University of Michigan): "The Dynamics of Speech Perception: Constancy, Variation, and Change"

  • Dan Jurafsky (Stanford University): "Computing Meaning: Learning and Extracting Meaning from Text"

  • Ted Supalla (University of Rochester): "Rethinking the Emergence of Grammatical Structure in Signed Languages: New Evidence from Variation and Historical Change in American Sign Language"

The meeting will also feature a screening of the award-winning documentary We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân, which chronicles recent efforts of cultural and linguistic revival among the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts. Read more information on the film (PDF).

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 Languages, and the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas will meet concurrently with the LSA.

More information on abstract submission, meeting registration, hotel room reservations, local transportation and entertainment options, sign language interpretation, child care, job interview service and more will be made available as appropriate throughout 2011.

Download a Poster for the 2012 Annual Meeting

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Official Sponsors

John Benjamins Publishing Company

Duke University Press

Equinox Publications

Palgrave MacMillan Brill

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions will be accepted online beginning June 1 for the 2012 LSA Annual Meeting. Visit the abstract guidelines page for complete information, including submission requirements, deadlines, and helpful suggestions. Submissions must be submitted by Sunday, 31 July 2011.

Abstract submission for the 2012 Annual Meeting is now closed. Submitters of paper and poster abstracts and of organized sessions proposals will be notified of the results early during the week of 19 September.

Call for Organized Session Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for organized sessions for the 2012 Annual Meeting. Visit the Call for Proposals page or download the Call for Proposals as a PDF for complete information, including submission requirements, deadlines, and helpful suggestions.

Abstract submission for the 2012 Annual Meeting is now closed. Submitters of paper and poster abstracts and of organized sessions proposals will be notified of the results early during the week of 19 September.

Annual Meeting Satellite Workshops

Two satellite workshops will be held in conjunction with the LSA's 2012 Annual Meeting. Please follow the links below for information on topics, schedules, registration, and more.

Meeting Handbook

Download the entire Meeting Handbook as a PDF [8.9 MB].

Local Information

For more information on Portland as a tourist destination, please see Travel Portland. More information about local attractions, transportation, and dining, prepared by the Local Arrangements Committee, will be available later this year.

More detailed information:

Hotel Accommodations

Overflow Hotel Arrangements

Rooms at the $99/night rate have sold out at both the Hilton Portland and our overflow hotel, the Marriott City Center. Some rooms may still be available in the Executive Tower at the Hilton at the rate of $119/night and in the Marriott City Center at $109/night. Rooms at the Marriott City Center may be reserved by calling 1-800-228-9290 and mentioning the Linguistic Society of America group rate, or online at

Normal Hotel Arrangements

The Hilton Portland & Executive tower has reserved a block of rooms for those attending the 2012 Annual Meeting. Each guest room offers recently remodeled bathrooms, HDTVs, two dual-line phones with personalized voicemail and data ports, a large work desk with desk level outlets, a coffeemaker with complimentary coffee and tea, clock radios with adaptor for MP3 playback, ironing board and iron, hairdryer, Lodgenet® movies, video games and complimentary HBO, and breathtaking views of the city, mountains or the river.

Why attendees should book with the LSA Room Block for the 2012 Annual Meeting.

Hotel reservations at the LSA Annual Meeting rate will be available online and by telephone beginning September 1, 2011.

The special LSA room rates for the 2012 Annual Meeting are:


Executive Tower rooms, which offer additional amenities such as robes, umbrellas, and complimentary bottled water, are available for:


Reserve your hotel room online at the special LSA rate, or call 1-800-HILTONS and mention the Linguistic Society of America meeting.


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 2012 Annual Meeting is now closed. If you have not yet registered, you may do so in Portland (see "Onsite Registration", below).

Fees are:

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. Why not join the LSA and receive the lower registration rate, four issues of Language, and a host of other member benefits?)

Preregistrants may claim their conference tote bags, badges, and handbooks at the registration desk beginning at 12:00 p.m. on 5 January. Registration will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 5 January, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 6 and 7 January, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on 8 January.

Onsite Registration

The onsite registration fees for the 2012 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 Pittsburgh, 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, 2011.

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.

Sign Language Interpretation

Attendees at the Portland meeting who need ASL/English interpretation must notify the LSA Secretariat and register for the meeting by 18 November 2011. Presenters who plan to present in ASL must also notify the Secretariat by 18 November 2011 to ensure that interpretation is provided. All requests should be sent to David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings, with the words "2012 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 2011). All requests will be forwarded to the interpreter coordinator for the Portland meeting, who will identify qualified local interpreters, assist with scheduling, and handle day-to-day logistics concerning interpreting.

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