The Linguistics Society of America, founded in 1924, is a scholarly membership society for linguists and other interested individuals. LSA members include students, faculty, and linguists working in government, non-profit organizations, and industry sectors.


The mission of LSA is to advance the scientific study of language.  LSA plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic scholarship to linguists and to the general public for the advancement of knowledge and the betterment of society.


LSA works toward accomplishing this mission through a wide range of programmatic activity, from publishing peer reviewed journals to hosting an Annual Meeting and a variety of professional development events, from building a supportive and inclusive community of linguists and celebrating their accomplishments to advocating for evidence-based public policy on issues related to language and in support of linguistics and the profession—and more.

To learn more detailed information regarding LSA’s leadership structure; commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field; ethics in language studies; and LSA honors and awards, navigate the menu to the left.