For Educators

Adopted by LSA members in an online ballot, April 4, 2011. Whereas the Linguistic Society of America is the world's largest scholarly society devoted to the development of the science of linguistics and the study of the world's languages, and so is committed to the preservation of linguistic diversity; and
by Bernard ComrieNo one would disagree with the claim that language and thought interact in many significant ways. There is great disagreement, however, about the proposition that each specific language has its own influence on the thought and action of its speakers. On the one hand, anyone who has learned more than one language is struck by the many ways in which languages differ from one another.
Adopted by LSA members in an online ballot, August 18, 2010
Discourse analysis is sometimes defined as the analysis of language 'beyond the sentence'. This contrasts with types of analysis more typical of modern linguistics, which are chiefly concerned with the study of grammar: the study of smaller bits of language, such as sounds (phonetics and phonology), parts of words (morphology), meaning (semantics), and the order of words in sentences (syntax).
by Bernard ComrieDifferences among LanguagesWe are all aware that different languages have different words for the same concept, as when English 'dog' shows up in Spanish as perro or in Japanese as inu. And we are all aware that different languages are pronounced in different ways, so that the strongly trilled 'r' of Spanish perro is alien to most varieties of English.
by G. R. Tucker