Recent LSA news

The LSA is pleased to announce the formation of a new ad-hoc committee charged with planning the observance of the Society’s Centennial in 2024.

We are pleased to announce a new initiative by the LSA Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL): “pop-up mentoring” events, to take place at several conferences in Spring 2018.

The LSA Executive Committee recently approved an official statement on Climate Change and Human Languages and Cultures in an effort to highlight the impact that climate change is having on speakers of endangered languages and dialects. The statement outlines a number of approaches that linguists and language advocates can undertake to address these issues. The full text of the statement is available below.

Linguistics in the news

President Trump just released his Presidential Budget Request for FY 2019, which again calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supports humanistic linguistic research and the Documenting Endangered Languages Program (in partnership with the NSF).

The LSA is pleased to share the news about a leadership transition at our long-standing sister society, The American Dialect Society (ADS).


The LSA has just learned that Shana Poplack, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa, has just been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature from University College Dublin. The award announcement from the University College Dublin is as follows:

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, 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.)