The LSA is delighted to announce that the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS) will begin meeting with the LSA at the 2019 Annual Meeting in New York City.  NARNiHS joins the American Dialect Society (ADS), American Name Society (ANS), North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences (NAAHoLS), Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL), Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL), and the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) as one of the "Sister Societies" that co-locates its meetings with those of the LSA.  The relationship between the LSA and the Sister Societies benefits all participants:  the LSA gains more attendees for its meetings, and the Sister Societies can take advantage of the low guest room rates and other concessions that the LSA is able to negotiate because of its much larger size.  Sister Society attendees can register for the meeting at the lower LSA member rates and also gain access to all LSA programming. 

The North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics promotes research on historical and sociolinguistic approaches to the scientific study of language, and explores the implications these have for models of linguistic variation and change over time.  NARNiHS provides a North American forum for all scholars interested in historical sociolinguistic research across a broad range of areas including (but certainly not limited to) sociolinguistic work on historical data, research on how social correlates of human language affect its historical development, corpus/computational methods and models for the study of language variation and change in its socio-historical context. NARNiHS facilitates exchange between linguists, historians, archivists, and other researchers collecting, cataloging, and curating language-related historical data to develop consistent, collaborative methods for storage, access, and analysis of this data across wide networks of scholars and organizations.

To find out more about the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics, please contact the NARNiHS steering group at: [email protected].