The LSA is pleased to announce the nomination of Andries Coetzee to serve a seven-year term as the next Editor of our flagship journal, Language. His nomination is subject to confirmation by a vote of the LSA membership later this Fall (balloting begins Sept. 1st and concludes on Nov. Andries Coetzee5th). If elected, Coetzee will become the eighth Editor of Language, succeeding Greg Carlson, who will conclude his outstanding service at the end of this year. 

In continuous publication since 1925, Language is available online via Project MUSE (2001 - present) and JSTOR (1925 - 2010). Selected content is freely available via the LSA's open access archive.

Dr. Coetzee is Associate Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Michigan, and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the North-West (South Africa). He earned a B.A (1992) and M.A. (1996) with a focus on Semitic Languages from the University of the North-West (South Africa), where he was also a regular member of the faculty until 2002. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 2004. He has been a member of the LSA for more than a decade, and has served the Society in various capacities including as co-director of the 2013 Linguistic Institute (held in Ann Arbor) and associate director of the 2015 Linguistic Institute (held in Chicago). He is currently serving for the second year as co-chair of the Program Committee of the LSA. He received the Early Career Award from the LSA in 2011, and was inducted as Fellow of the LSA in 2015. His research spans the areas of phonology and phonetics, with particular focuses on phonological variation, and the link between perception and production in individual language users. Most recently, his research has focused on the relation between the perception and production of coarticulated speech (supported through an NSF grant jointly awarded to himself and Professor Pam Beddor). His research also explores the complex linguistic landscape of South Africa, with particular focuses on Afrikaans (his native language) and Bantu languages from the Sotho-Tswana group. His research has appeared in journals such as Phonology, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistic Review, Language, Laboratory Phonology, Journal of Semitics, and Theoretical Linguistics. He has also served on the editorial board of the journal Phonology since 2010.

If confirmed, Coetzee will join the ranks of those who have served as Editors of Language, a highly distinguished cadre of eminent linguists:

  • George Melville Bolling (1925–1939)
  • Bernard Bloch (1940–1966)
  • William Bright (1966–1987)
  • Sarah G. Thomason (1988–1994)
  • Mark Aronoff (1995–2001)
  • Brian D. Joseph (2002–2008)