Recent LSA news


The LSA is pleased to announce that the Universal Scripts Project, led by long-time LSA member Deborah Anderson, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The LSA is delighted to announce its newest member benefit: an online Distance Mentoring Facility which will enable LSA members to identify themselves as mentees, mentors, or both, with specific areas of scholarly and professional concern, and to search the LSA member directory for a mentoring partner, or ask to be matched with a mentoring partner by LSA staff.  The Distance Mentoring facility is a cornerstone of the

CoLang 2020 and the Linguistic Society of America are delighted to announce that scholarship applications are being accepted for CoLang2020, hosted by the University of Montana in collaboration with Chief Dull Knife College.

Linguistics in the news

The LSA is pleased to report that U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law legislation long supported by the Society that extends federal grant programs aimed at preserving indigenous languages. According to the Associated Press, the measure also allows more American Indian tribes to participate in the programs.

The LSA is extremely pleased to announce that The Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Reauthorization Act was adopted by the US House of Representatives on December 9, 2019. Having already been approved unanimously by the US Senate earlier this year, the bill now heads to the White House for President Trump's consideration. The passage of the bill in this, the International Year of Indigenous Languages, is particularly important.The LSA has been working with colleague organizations to advocate for this legislation for most of this decade.


The LSA would like to congratulate four members, Jennifer Cole (Northwestern University), Suzanne Flynn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Allard Jongman (University of Kansas), and Dan Jurafsky (Stanford University) for being elected as

Resources for the Media

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 Media Experts Database provides contact information for more than 50 experts, from all fields of linguistics, who are available to talk with the media. If you are unsure who to contact or have any other media questions, please email LSA Executive Director Alyson Reed.


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.)