AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF GEOLINGUISTICS
NEWS: The September 4-5, 2015 conference is devoted to Language, Science and the New Technologies. Abstracts of 250 words are most welcome by August 15, 2015, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Society of Geolinguistics was founded in 1965 by Dr. Mario A. Pei, a noted linguist, polyglot and Professor of Romance Philology at Columbia University, New York City. Among Dr. Pei's chief objectives was the desire to make linguistics intelligible to the educated non-specialist and to stress the practical importance of linguistics.
The Society aims to gather and disseminate up-to-date knowledge concerning the world's present-day languages, their distribution and use among the population, their relative practical importance, usefulness and availability from the economic, political and cultural standpoints, their genetic, historical and geographical affiliations and relationships, and their identification and use in spoken and written form. The Society is particularly interested in linguistic geography, languages in contact and conflict, language planning and policy, language education and the broader aspects of sociolinguistics''macro-sociolinguistics.'
The Society meets several times yearly in New York City and holds an annual luncheon near the College in June. It also publishes an annual journal that is distributed to all paid-up members. Articles for the journal are welcomed from members and non-members alike. Articles should be reasonably intelligible to educated non-specialists. All submissions should be typed single-spaced, with double spacing between paragraphs, notes and works cited at the end, in camera-ready form, and can be sent via e-mail attachment to the editor. The journal is blind peer-reviewed and submissions are sent to two readers.
The Society has in the last decade arranged a number of conferences at which scholars have read papers and had opportunity to exchange views. Papers from these conferences have appeared in Geolinguistic Perspectives, Language in Contemporary Society, Constructed Languages and Language Construction (edited by Jesse Levitt, Leonard R. N. Ashley and Kenneth H. Rogers), Language and Communication in the New Century (edited by Jesse Levitt, Leonard R. N. Ashley and Wayne H. Finke) and Languages across Borders (edited by Leonard R. N. Ashley and Wayne H. Finke), recently published. The proceedings of the September 7-8, 2012 conference were published as Language and Popular Culture in 2013, and the proceedings of the 2013 conference on Multilingual Proficiency: Language, Polyglossia and Polyglottery are currently being edited for publication in late 2015. The 2014 conference on Language and The Media was held in September 2014 and its papers are presently in preparation.Current dues remain at $35 for active membership, $25 for students and retirees, and $40 for foreign membership.