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The LASSO 2008 organizing committee thanks the LASSO membership for making this conference so successful We look forward to seeing you next year in Provo, Utah for LASSO XXXVIII!

Building Communities and Making Connections

James Crawford PhotoThe 37th annual meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest will be held October 17-19, 2008 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. The theme for the conference will be "Building Communities and Making Connections."

In keeping with our theme, we are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2008 meeting will be James Crawford, well-known expert on the politics of language. Crawford's presentation on the evening of October 18, 2008 will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center and will be open to the public.

This year's conference includes presentations on a wide range of theoretical and applied topics, including theme-related sessions on indigenous languages, language policies, and a SIG session on making connections beyond the academic community. LASSO participants will also be guests at the Corvallis-OSU Symphony's "Viva Hispania" concert on the evening of October 17th.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Linguistic Association of the Southwest wish to thank the following for their generous support of LASSO XXXVII and the visit by James Crawford:

Department of Anthropology
Center for the Humanities
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Music
Department of Philosophy
Women's Studies
Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
Vice Provost Larry Roper, Student Affairs
Vice Provost Becky Johnson, Academic Affairs and International Programs

The Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) is a regional linguistics association in the United States whose purpose is the advancement of the scientific study of language, particularly in the geographical region covering the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. While LASSO is primarily interested in languages of these southwestern states, it draws its membership from any region in the world. See the LASSO website for more information on the organization.

Please contact our new executive director Regina Morin if you have questions about membership. Regina may be reached at (609) 771-2899 or by email at Please send your membership payments to:
Regina Morin
TCNJ, Modern Languages
P.O. Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08618