Conference: LSA 2021

The 95th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place January 7-10, 2021, at the:  

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA  94103

As we continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), our Annual Meeting in San Francisco is still planned as scheduled. The health and safety of our attendees and staff is paramount, and we are carefully monitoring recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as we move forward.

Presently, the 95th LSA Annual Meeting is scheduled to be held January 7-10 2021 in San Francisco, CA. The Annual Meeting provides the opportunity for professionals involved in the scientific study of language to share knowledge and new directions in research and practice. Approximately 60 program sessions are convened during the four-day meeting held every January  to provide participation venues and networking outlets for over 400 research papers, posters and talks and over 1100 attendees.

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Call for papers

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Thursday, 25 June 2020, 11:59 PM US Eastern Time. Technical support for abstract submission will not be available after 5:00 p.m. on June 25th.  Late abstracts will not be considered, whatever the reason for the delay.  Please contact or phone 202-835-1714 for assistance.

Note that the deadline for submitting abstracts for the Annual Meeting is June 25, approximately one month earlier than in previous years.  Click here if you’re wondering why.

If your ability to collect data has been affected by local, institutional, or national restrictions with regard to the novel coronavirus pandemic, we encourage you to submit your abstract anyway.  In this case only, you may use one paragraph on a second page (no more than half a page) to  briefly describe how your research has been affected and to provide a timeline for data collection and analysis.  For example: “Due to the coronavirus pandemic, data for this study have not yet been collected. Data collection will start immediately after restrictions are lifted. We expect to collect data from the planned 14 participants within two weeks, and to complete data labeling and analysis within two months.

We encourage those considering a submission to view our model sample abstracts, revisit our recent webinars on “How to Submit an Abstract for the LSA Annual Meeting” and “Abstract Writing: How to Convince in a Page,” and read more about the 2021 Annual Meeting.

The Program Committee requires that the subject matter be linguistic and that the abstract be coherent and in accord with published specifications. In 2021, there will be no more than six (6) simultaneous sessions of regular papers in each time block. As in the past, there is no upper limit on the number of papers in any subarea. Each abstract will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee and by expert external reviewers. The members of the Program Committee accept and reject abstracts based on the ratings assigned by the reviewers.  The Program Committee then meets to assemble the final program and arrange each paper and poster session.

Read more about submitting an abstract for the Five-minute Linguist, a continuing special plenary event at the LSA Annual Meeting, now in its fifth year.

General Requirements

  1. Abstracts for 20-minute papers and for posters must be submitted electronically between May 1 and June 25, 2020, using the link available on the LSA website.  LSA members will see a green “Submit Abstract” button below their names upon logging in.
  2. The submitting author must be a member of the Linguistic Society. Nonmembers may join here.
  3. Any member may submit one single-author abstract. There is no limit on the number of co-authored abstracts. An organized session paper or poster counts as a multi-author abstract submission.
  4. Authors are expected to present their own papers and posters.
  5. After an abstract has been submitted, no changes of author, affiliation, title, or wording of the abstract, other than those due to typographical errors, are permitted.
  6. Papers and posters must be delivered as projected in the abstract or represent bona fide developments of the same research.
  7. Authors should not submit abstracts for research that has already been presented at other major conferences or which has been published in a journal, as a book chapter, or in conference proceedings.
  8. Presenters must pre-register for the meeting.
  9. Authors may not submit identical abstracts for presentation at the LSA meeting and a meeting of one of the Sister Societies (ADS, ANS, NAAHoLS, NARNiHS, SCiL, SPCL, SSILA).  Authors who are discovered to have done so will have both abstracts removed from consideration.  Authors may submit substantially different abstracts for presentation at the LSA meeting and a Sister Society meeting.