Foundations of Historical Linguistics is a workshop that will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). It will bring together an international group of scholars with expertise in a range of fields that relate to the study of language change, and do so in a setting that allows for presentation and discussion of cutting-edge research. It is being organized by Claire Bowern (Yale) and Bethwyn Evans (ANU).

Presentations at the workshop, which form the basis of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics, will encompass the state of the field of historical linguistics, the methods which underpin current work, models of language change, and the importance of historical linguistics for other subfields of linguistics and other disciplines. As such the workshop will be of interest and value to many of those attending the Linguistic Society of America’s annual meeting.

The workshop will be held as a satellite event to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, which will be held at the Boston Marriott, Copley Place, from Jan 3-6. The workshop will be held on Saturday Jan 5 – Sunday Jan 6 at the conference hotel.


Jan 5-6, 2013, 9am-6pm



See web page for program.


$40 (Students $25) to cover costs of refreshments.

If you are not registering, or have already registered, for the LSA meeting, please use the buttons below to register for the satellite workshop. If you plan to register for the LSA meeting, you may register using the buttons on the Annual Meeting web page so that both registrations can be paid for at the same time.

Note for attendees at the LSA Annual Meeting.  If you have not registered for the workshop and would like to do so, please go to the Harvard Room on the 3rd floor and make sure that there is space available for you, then come to the LSA Registration area on the 4th floor to register. 

Due to high demand, the Satellite Workshop will take place in the Provincetown Room on the fourth floor on Sunday.


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The workshop is funded by the NSF’s Linguistics (BCS-1237202) and Human and Social Dynamics Programs (BCS-902114), whose support is gratefully acknowledged.