Recent LSA news

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Voting is now open for the election of the LSA Officers as well as At-large Members of the Executive Committee, and Student Representatives to the Executive Committee.

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The LSA is accepting nominations for its prestigious Leonard Bloomfield Book Award, given annually for the volume which makes the most outstanding contribution to the development of our understanding of language and linguistics. 

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We are saddened to share the news of the death of Harold F. Schiffman, a long-time LSA Life Member and a distinguished linguist. In his memory, we share this obituary written by Professor Francis M. Hult.


Harold F. Schiffman (1938 - 2022)

Linguistics in the news

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It is with profound sadness that we share with you that Dr. Jonathan (Jon) Henner passed away following a battle with cancer. Jon joined the School of Education faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Specialized Education Services and the Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy Services program. He became the first Deaf tenured professor at UNCG when he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2022.

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When the news was announced that West Virginia University was planning sweeping cuts to academic programs, including eliminating the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (WLLL), the Linguistic Society of America moved to action in a variety of ways. We shared a special message and call to action with LSA members and stakeholder from the LSA officers and from the department. We sent a letter to West Virginia University President Gordon Gee with copies to the West Virginia University Board of Governors and Jim Justice, Governor of West Virginia.

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LSA regrets to report a longtime member and supporter, Professor Peter H. Fries, 85, of Mt Pleasant, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at My Michigan Medical Center Midland.

Resources for the Media

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

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

The LSA Media Resources List 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 Margaret Vitullo.

Other Resources

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.)