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Commitment to gender equity at scholarly conferences

This petition has been around for about 5 years now, but it’s been making the rounds on social media lately. Some recent discussion of this issue and related ones in phonology can be found in these posts to Phonolist.

“If you are an academic in favor of a more equitable representation of women at scholarly conferences across the world, join us in signing this Commitment:

Commitment to gender equity at scholarly conferences

Across the disciplines, disproportionately more men than women participate in scholarly conferences – as keynote or plenary speakers, as symposiasts, or as panelists. This, we believe, is the outcome of widespread and generally unintended bias. It is unfair, it hinders advancement in scholarship, and it is especially discouraging to junior scholars. Overcoming such bias involves not just awareness but positive action.

We therefore undertake to make our participation in conferences – whether as an organizer, sponsor, or invited speaker – conditional on the invitation of women and men speakers in a fair and balanced manner.”


LSA celebrates AMP Proceedings with a membership discount

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is proud to be the publisher-of-record of the platinum open access Proceedings of the Annual Meetings on Phonology. To celebrate the recent publication of the proceedings of the 2014 and 2015 AMP, the LSA is offering a ten percent discount on  regular or student memberships to Phonolist subscribers.

To take advantage of this offer, click here to join or renew online or here to download a printable membership form.    If joining or renewing online, enter the coupon code  PHONOLIST  in the appropriate box at check-out; if sending the printable form, please reference this coupon code and deduct ten percent from the total.   This offer is good for new or renewed student or regular memberships, and is valid through July 31, 2016.  Contact if you need assistance.

In addition to publishing two flagship journals (Language and Semantics and Pragmatics) and a host of other conference proceedings, archived publications (details here), the LSA co-sponsors the biennial Linguistic Institutes and CoLang Institutes on Collaborative Language Research ; holds an annual meeting attracting upwards of a thousand linguists for a four-day program of scholarly presentations, professional development activities, and networking;  and provides numerous benefits for its members and for linguists everywhere.  A listing of membership benefits is available here, and a partial list of recent accomplishments here.

If you are already an LSA member and would like to support the LSA’s open access publishing program, click here to donate to the LSA’s Publications Fund or here to download a printable donation form.


Studies in Phonetics & Phonology, book series call for proposals

Studies in Phonetics and Phonology

A Book Series, Edited by

Professor Martin J. Ball (Linköping University, Sweden)

Professor Pascal van Lieshout (University of Toronto, Canada)

The aim of this series is to provide both accessible and relevant texts to students of linguistics, phonetics and speech sciences, and to publish more advanced texts and edited collections. The textbooks aim to cover a wide variety of topics relevant for such an audience, and to introduce these topics in a practical way to enable students to undertake a range of analysis procedures. The more advanced books will present state-of-the-art research in the topic concerned.

While we intend to cover a wide range of topics in phonetics and phonology, there will be an emphasis on phonetic studies of under-reported languages, or the bringing of new data to explore phonetic characteristics on the one hand, and on phonological studies that employ more psycholinguistic, cognitive, and functional approaches on the other (and, of course, on the interaction between phonetics and phonology). The recent increase in interest in laboratory phonology we see as particularly to be welcomed. Each volume will be authored by leading authorities in the field, who have a grasp of both the theoretical issues and the practical requirements of the area and, further, are at the forefront of current research and practice.

This series, then, will act as a bridge between scientific developments in the study of speech, and the application of these to data analysis. It is hoped that the texts will stimulate the reader’s interest in the topic to promote well-informed and competent students, researchers and instructors.

For details on how to draw up proposals, please contact the Editors.

Editorial Board members

Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Dani Byrd, University of Southern California, USA

Fred Cummins, University College Dublin, Ireland

Jacques Durand, Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, France

Diamandis Gafos, Potsdam University, Germany & Haskins Laboratories, USA

Louis Goldstein, Haskins Laboratories, & University of Southern California, USA

Jennifer Hay, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Marianne Pouplier, University of Munich, Germany

Daniel Recasens, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Niels Schiller, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Harry van der Hulst, University of Connecticut, USA


Glossa is the new Lingua

E-mail from Guido Vanden Wyngaerd, Dec. 16, 2015

Dear colleagues,

With this message we want to inform you of the transition of the journal
formerly known as Lingua to the new journal Glossa, which will be published
under conditions of Fair Open Access with no charges for authors or readers.

As you may have heard, the Lingua editorial team (Executive editor Johan
Rooryck; Associate Editors Chung-hye Han, Anikó Lipták, Anne-Michelle
Tessier, Ianthi Tsimpli; and Advisory Editor Neil Smith) have resigned from
Lingua in October, with the entire 31-strong editorial board following suit.
This was the result of Elsevier’s refusal to renegotiate its collaboration
with the editors along the lines of Fair Open Access.

Today we are proud to announce the birth of Glossa: a journal of General
Linguistics. Glossa is a journal run for and by linguists. Its scientific
content will be freely available for readers worldwide. The costs charged by
the publisher (Ubiquity Press) to the authors are low, and will be paid for
by the Linguistics in Open Access (LingOA) foundation (see for
details, and for links to press coverage of the Lingua -> Glossa move).

Glossa is now open and accepting submissions: please consult the journal’s
website ( for more details. As of January 1, 2016, Glossa
will be run by the same editorial board and editorial team that made Lingua
into one of the leading journals in the field. This will ensure that Glossa
will have the same high quality standards that Lingua had.

We look forward to hearing from you at Glossa!

Best wishes,

Waltraud Paul and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd
Interim editors of Glossa until 31 December 2015
Glossa: a Journal of General Linguistics