The LSA is pleased to share the news about a leadership transition at our long-standing sister society, The American Dialect Society (ADS). LSA member Allan Metcalf (MacMurray College), who has served as Executive Secretary of the ADS for the past 37 years, will soon be retiring from that role, and passing the torch to LSA member Julie Roberts (University of Vermont). Read the official announcement here. The ADS has been meeting concurrently with the LSA since 1997, greatly enhancing the quality of our Annual Meeting program, including the popular Word of the Year event. The ADS is likely the oldest linguistics organization based in North America, having been founded in 1889, more than three full decades before the LSA's founding in 1924. 

Please stay tuned to the LSA website this Spring, when we plan to feature Julie Roberts in an LSA Member Spotlight, and Allan Metcalf will author an essay for our new "This Time in Linguistics History" feature. According to Metcalf, the 1995 ADS newsletter article announcing the move was titled “MLA Ditched, LSA Hitched.”  The move proved to be a hit, an unqualified success. We were one of the many allied organizations always fighting for space with MLA . What a difference – LSA actually welcomed us."