The LSA maintains the following list of Media Experts on a broad range of topics relating to linguistics and the scientific study of language. All of the linguists listed have agreed to serve as expert spokespersons in their area of scholarly research. Members of the news media are invited to contact these linguists directly for inquiries about news stories relating to any issue listed below.

If a topic of potential interest for a news story is not listed below, or if any expert does not respond to a media inquiry within the necessary timeframe, please contact LSA Executive Director Alyson Reed for assistance. 

Topic Areas:

General Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
Words, Sentences and Meaning
Historical Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Sociolinguistics and Language Variation
Types of Languages
Linguistics in Everyday Life
Applied Linguistics

Linguists who wish to be listed as an expert should contact LSA Executive Director Alyson Reed. All experts listed have been recommended by the LSA Public Relations Committee, and approved by the LSA Executive Committee.

 

General Linguistics and Linguistic Theory

General

Language and Big Data, Computational Linguistics

Language and the Brain, Language Comprehension

Words, Sentences and Meaning

Grammar (Syntax)

How Words Are Put Together/The Structure of Words (Morphology)

The Meanings of Words, Phrases, and Sentences (Semantics)

How Language is Used (Pragmatics)

Slang

Historical Linguistics

Etymologies/Word Histories

Language Change, The History of Languages

Language and Archaeology/Language and Prehistory

Language Acquisition

How Children Learn Language, Parent-Child Communication

Learning a 2nd Language (children and adults)

Sociolinguistics and Language Variation

Dialectology

Language in Social Groups (social classes, genders, etc.)

African American Language

Language and Culture/How Cultures Differ

Variation in Language Sounds (Sociophonetics)

Types of Languages

Bilingualism and multilingualism

Pidgin and Creole Languages

Signed Languages

Linguistics in Everyday Life

Conversation and Discourse

  • Deborah Tannen (Georgetown): tannend AT georgetown DOT edu, (202) 687-5910, www.deborahtannen.com

'Right' and 'Wrong' Language, Prescriptivism/Descriptivism

Saving Endangered Languages

Language and the Internet

The Sounds of Language/Pronunciation

  • Mark Liberman (University of Pennsylvania): myl AT cis.upenn DOT edu; http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~myl/
  • Kie Zuraw (UCLA): kie at ucla dot edu; http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/zuraw/
     

Applied Linguistics

Educational Linguistics

Language Disorders

Language and the Law/Forensic Linguistics