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The Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) is a linguistics association in the United States whose purpose is the advancement of the scientific study of language. While many of our members study the languages of the southwestern United States, LASSO has an international focus; it draws its membership and includes linguistic scholarship from any language and any region in the world.

LASSO sponsors an annual meeting, the International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, and a newsletter.


The LASSO annual meeting is distributed across the LASSO area, from Louisiana to the Pacific Coast. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 49th annual conference will be held virtually from September 24th to 26th, 2020.

The conference program may be found here. The book of abstracts may be found here.

Registration fees:
Educators: $50
Students: $35

To register for the annual conference, click here.

To become a member of the association or to renew your membership, click here.

The 48th annual conference was held in Baton Rouge, LA, on the LSU Campus from October 31st to November 2nd, 2019. Proposals for future venues are welcome. Meetings may be held at a hotel or on a university campus, though the latter is preferred to make the meeting as accessible as possible to local faculty and students. A set of guidelines for local arrangements committees provides detailed information on expectations and requirements. Contact Michelle Ramos-Pellicia to have a copy sent to you.

LASSO's Statement on AntiBlack Racism and Police Brutality

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, among the many Black Americans who have been lost to police brutality, are a painful reminder of the institutionalized AntiBlack racism, abuse and marginalization that continues to plague the United States. We stand in solidarity in demanding an end to systematic racism. It is vital that we listen to Black Americans and other oppressed communities raising their voices to fight against racism and discrimination.

As a linguistic organization, we will continue to sustain the space we have carved to nurture Young Scholars of Color, support the work of Faculty of Color, and work with positive impact on our communities of color. LASSOvians have a history of addressing injustices in their writing and supporting social justice through teaching and community engagement. The work to learn to become an AntiBlack Racist is only beginning as we reckon there is much to be learned to go beyond the idea of not being racist. We must go beyond to interrupt racism by dismantling and interrupting it in our work inside and outside our classrooms, demanding that our campuses and other institutions recruit Black Faculty and other Faculty of Color, disinvesting in police, and institutionalizing AntiRacism training and cultural tax compensations for the additional service responsibilities on Black Faculty and on Faculty of Color in general.

We will continue our commitment to respect and defend all linguistic varieties, cultures and identities as we unequivocally condemn Black Racial Injustice.


The International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (IJLASSO) is the journal of LASSO. Membership in LASSO automatically includes a subscription to IJLASSO.


The LASSO Newsletter includes announcements regarding LASSO members and linguistics activities within the Southwest region. The Newsletter is issued twice a year, in February and August. News items of regional interest should be sent to Michelle Ramos-Pellicia.


Annual membership dues are US$40.00 for individuals (or US$25.00 for students, retired persons, and those not employed) and US$65.00 for libraries and institutions. Lifetime memberships are US$450.00. For more information on how to pay your dues, visit the membership/dues page.

For any questions about the membership dues, contact the Treasurer, Patricia Gubitosi, and for any other additional information, contact the Executive Director, Michelle Ramos-Pellicia.

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