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Linguists to gather in Baltimore for national conference
Date:12/10/2009

(Washington, DC) Hundreds of linguistic scholars from across the U.S. and around the world will convene in Baltimore for the 84th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) this January. Members of the news media are invited to observe and report on the proceedings.

The meeting is scheduled for January 8-12, 2009, at the Hilton Baltimore. The meeting provides a forum for the presentation of cutting-edge research focused on the scientific study of language. In addition to the LSA program, the meeting also features concurrent programs sponsored by the American Dialect Society, the American Name Society, the North American Association for the History of the Language Sciences, the Society for Pidgin and Creole Languages, and the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas.

The meeting typically attracts more than 1,000 linguists who attend various sessions and workshops. Approximately 220 papers and 80 posters have been approved for presentation at the meeting. For a detailed listing of all meeting sessions, please visit the LSA website: http://lsadc.org/info/preliminary-program-2010.cfm

Research Highlights

New linguistic findings by Professor Ted Supalla of the University of Rochester will be presented in a plenary session on Thursday, January 7th at 7:30pm. Dr. Supalla's research demonstrates striking similarities in the evolution of spoken and signed languages. Previous studies claimed, falsely, that sign languages must differ from speech in numerous ways, particularly because sign languages convey several visual linguistic cues simultaneously; that is, in clear contrast to the word-by-word sequence of sounds that are essential to speech. Dr. Supalla will present new findings that show how sign languages are much more like spoken languages in their emergence, maturation, and growth through time. His intricate analys
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Contact: Alyson Reed
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202-835-1714
Linguistic Society of America
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