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SIL representatives participate in the 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America

(January 2012) Eighteen SIL scholars attended the annual meetings of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) and the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), which were held concurrently 5-8 January in Portland, Oregon. Five SIL representatives presented their research.

The 86th Annual Meeting of the LSA featured over 300 presentations covering a wide variety of linguistics topics. SIL’s Dr. Thomas Payne and colleague Patrick Littell led a tutorial on crafting problems for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO), part of an international family of competitions which introduce high school students to linguistics.

Preceding the main conference, the Satellite Workshop for Sociolinguistic Archival Preparation focused on effective practices for archiving and sharing sociolinguistic data. SIL was recognized as one of several organizations with significant experience in archiving. Dr. Gary Simons, SIL’s Chief Research Officer, represented SIL and presented a paper entitled “The role of metadata in the infrastructure for archival interoperation.”

The Linguistic Society of America has approximately 7,000 members from many countries. SIL members have a long history of involvement with the LSA. Dr. Kenneth Pike served as its president in 1961. Others have held various leadership roles, including the Executive Committee and the editorial board of Language, the LSA’s premier journal. Dr. Michael Cahill currently serves on the LSA’s Ethics Committee and the Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation.

The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas supports the scientific study of the languages of North, Central and South America. Among the presentations at SSILA’s 2012 meeting were three by SIL scholars:

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