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SIL linguists at 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America

Dr. Mike Cahill and a fellow conference participant discuss Cahill’s research findings. Dr. Mike Cahill and a fellow conference participant discuss Cahill’s research findings.

(January 2013) The 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) was held in Boston, 3-6 January. Both students and professional linguists presented research on a wide variety of linguistics topics.


A number of SIL linguists attended the LSA meetings, including three who presented research:

Several SIL linguists also participated in meetings that were held concurrently with the LSA event. At the annual meeting of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, Dr. David Frank presented “Discourse analysis of Guinea-Bissau Portuguese Creole texts.” Frank also chaired a session on sociolinguistics. Dr. Stephen Marlett and Dr. James Watters both presented research to the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) in a special session, “Language Contact in Mesoamerica.” Marlett’s paper was entitled “What has influenced speakers’ perceptions of sounds in Me'phaa?” Watters presented “Structure-changing and structure-preferring Spanish influence on Tepehua.”

SIL linguists work in partnership with the world’s ethnolinguistic minority communities to support language development and language documentation efforts, with a special focus on endangered languages. Publications by SIL staff are made available through SIL International Publications and the SIL Bibliography, with some materials available for free download for personal use and study.

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