Recent LSA news


The LSA regrets to announce the death of emeritus Professor Victor Golla, a talented and well-known historical linguist who contributed to several fields of linguistics, including decades of work toward the scholarship of Native American languages. A member of the LSA since 1960, Victor died on April 27, 2021, from a long battle with Parkinson's disease and a stroke.

The LSA is honored to be the recipient of a major bequest from the estate of the late LSA member Geoff Nunberg (1945-2020). The bequest was made to the LSA's General Fund, and will be used to support the basic mission of the Society: to advance the scientific study of language and its applications.

At its recent meeting, the LSA Executive Committee approved the following statement:

The LSA recognizes the connection between language, human rights, and justice. We advocate for freedom of expression by journalists and members of the media. We support the student editors of DOXA as proponents of peaceful assembly and youth activism, and as members of our global language and linguistics community. 

Linguistics in the news

Congratulations to LSA member Emily R. Lake, a Doctoral Candidate in Linguistics at Stanford University, on the receipt of a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2021. Lake's Dissertation is focused on Stylistic Variation in a Preschool Classroom.

The LSA congratulates its members and colleagues on their recent election to two of the most prestigious academies in the United States: The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAA&S). 


The LSA's Committee on Gender Equity in Linguistics (COGEL), in collaboration with SALTED (the SALT Equity & Diversity committee), have developed a guidebook for conference organizers in linguistics on how to better organize an inclusive and equitable conference.

Resources for the Media

The LSA Media Experts Database provides journalists with access to a range of expertise from all fields of linguistics, from linguists who are available to talk with the media. For a referral to an appropriate linguist, please email LSA Executive Director Alyson Reed.

Other Resources

Please contact LSA Executive Director Alyson Reed for LSA interview requests, linguistic news announcements, and other media communications.

For urgent inquiries, please call Ms. Reed at 202-835-1714.

The LSA periodically issues news releases about research findings published in its journal Language, newsworthy research being presented at its Annual Meeting, the election of new leadership, and other items of interest. This archive includes all LSA news releases since January 2008.

(For an archive of all LSA stories appearing on the previous LSA website from 2003 to 2012, click here.)