A new year of language research begins with LSA & SSILA 2014

Dr. Diane Hintz was among several SIL scholars who presented research at SSILA 2014.

(January 2014) For linguists who came to Minneapolis from around the world, 2014 began with a valuable time of catching up with the latest research and connecting with colleagues in the field. The 88th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) was held in Minneapolis 2-5 January. The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) and several other groups organized concurrent meetings.

Although extreme weather conditions caused travel difficulties for many, approximately nine hundred professionals and students were still able to participate. SIL’s Dr. Albert Bickford noted that one highlight of this year’s gathering was the participation of a number of Deaf linguists who presented talks and posters. Bickford and his colleagues are encouraged by the growing attention to signed languages in linguistic research.

A number of SIL scholars attended LSA and several presented research at SSILA:

  • Dr. Daniel J. Hintz: “Mirativity in South Conchucos Quechua: The distributed coding of speaker and nonspeaker surprise”
  • Dr. Diane M. Hintz: “Quechua language shift: Turning the tide in Corongo”
  • Dr. Wesley Collins: “A deflationary account of Maya-Mam noun classes”

2014 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Linguistic Society of America. This year’s event included a number of activities which celebrated that milestone, including sessions dedicated to the development of different aspects of linguistics during LSA’s history. SIL has a long history of participation in the organization—Dr. Kenneth Pike served as president of LSA in 1961 and a number of SIL linguists have served on various committees.  Appreciation was expressed for SIL’s role in facilitating the participation of women in the field.


Dr. Michael Cahill and Jessica Olson staff the SIL Publications table; Dr. Wesley Collins presents research at SSILA.

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