Recent LSA news

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The following statement is in support of our colleagues in linguistics and other disciplines at the University of Kent, where there are plans to close courses in nine areas, including English Language and Linguistics, putting 58 jobs at risk. We represent the Linguistic Society of America, an organization with several thousand members and which enjoys fraternal relations with the Linguistics Association of Great Britain.

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The LSA Executive Committee congratulates the following new Officer and Executive Committee Members who will commence their terms after the 2024 LSA Annual Meeting:

Linguistics in the news

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Janet Dean Fodor was born in London on April 12, 1942, the youngest of 3 girls.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Oxford University studying philosophy and psychology; her tutor was Iris Murdoch. She attended Stanford University in psychology for a year, but realized that she wanted to study linguistics, and transferred to MIT, where she received her Ph.D. in 1970.  She spent 13 years on the faculty of the University of Connecticut, where she mentored scholars such as Lyn Frazier. She then moved in 1986 to CUNY Graduate Center and was emerita from 2021.

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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.

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.)