Recent LSA news

The LSA is delighted to announce that  the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award for 2018 will be given to Language Contact in Europe: The Periphrastic Perfect through History by Bridget Drinka (University of Texas at San Antonio), published by Cambridge University Press.

Please join the LSA in welcoming the three newest members of the Executive Committee:  Vice President/President-Elect Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara) and at-large members Rebecca Scarborough (University of Colorado Boulder) and Arthur K. Spears (City University of New York).  Mithun, Scarborough and Spears (pictured below from left to right) will take office at the conclusion of the upcoming LSA Annual Meeting


The LSA is saddened to report on the passing of Jane Hill, a Fellow of the Society since 2013.  Hill passed away on November 2.  Fellows are members of the Society who have made distinguished contributions to the discipline.  During her career at Wayne State University and the University of Arizona, Hill made innumerable contributions to Uto-Aztecan linguistics, as well as sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology more broadly.  Her notable publications include "Language death in Uto-Aztecan", "Hasta la vista baby: Anglo Spanish in the American Southwest", and

Linguistics in the news


The Linguistic Society of America congratulates the members of the panel "New Directions in LGBTQ+ Linguistics: Commemorating the LSA Special Interest Group on LGBTQ+ Issues in Linguistics", which has been awarded an Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award from the Society of Linguistic Anthropology.  The SLA will provide a total of $2500 travel funding for LSA's 2019 Annual Meeting, where the panel will occur.  The panel is co-organized b


Join the LSA in celebrating the UN International Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9th!

This day commemorates the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982. Each year, this day is observed by the UN and around the world with an expert panel of scientists and community leaders as well as a variety of regional and local activities.


In May, Volodymyr Kulyk*, gave a lecture at Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the George Washington University discussing a controversial 2017 education reform policy eliminating the use of minority languages in higher education in Ukraine.

Resources for the Media

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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.)