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FYI: Request for Pictures & Video for 90th Anniversary of LSA


Author: Dennis Preston

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: Pictures and video from 90 years of the LSA – Please help!

The 90th LSA Anniversary Celebration at the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis January 2-5, 2014, will include an audio-visual preentation, which you can drop by and view between sessions. How interesting and extensive this show will be depends on you.

We have collected some pictures and video of LSA linguists and linguistic events (e.g., past institutes, summer and annual meetings, etc….) but would very much welcome more. It would be especially nice, of course, to have visual documentation of linguists and their activities from long ago, but it will also be good to have more recent material as well. As a part of the video, we will feature several pictures of linguists whose identities you can guess and be eligible to win a prize. So remember to share with us any pictures that you think might be especially interesting for this purpose (and if we choose your contribution you will already have one right answer for the quiz).

Please send what you can in digital format with identifying information (names and at least approximate dates) as soon as possible but not later than September 1, 2013. You may send these materials to preston@msu.edu, but if the materials are too large or if you cannot provide a digital format, please get in touch with us at the same address, and we will make other arrangements.

We appreciate your help!

Sally McConnell-Ginet & Dennis Preston
For the 90th Anniversary Organizing Committee

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