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The SDSU Linguistics Student Association offers members the opportunity to attend culturally enriching events on campus. (Credit: SDSU LSA) The SDSU Linguistics Student Association offers members the opportunity to attend culturally enriching events on campus. (Credit: SDSU LSA)

Student Organization Spotlight: Linguistics Student Association

The SDSU Linguistics Student Association introduces students to the study of language.
By SDSU News Team

Linguistics is the scientific study of language and its structure, including syntax, phonetics and semantics. The Linguistics Student Association (LSA) at San Diego State University introduces students to the study of language and culturally enriching activities.

Members of the student organization have the opportunity to connect with linguistics professionals, attend events on campus and get to know classmates and faculty members outside of the classroom.

Jini Shim, the public relations officer for LSA, said the highlight of her time with the organization was meeting alumni of the program who provided insight into the professional options upon graduation.

Is the Linguistics Student Association open to all majors or is it major specific?  

Our organization is open to all majors.

When it comes to finding new members for your organization, what type of students are you looking for?

We are looking for anyone hoping to engage in intriguing conversations about linguistics topics and willing to cooperate in LSA duties such as planning the colloquium and promoting brown bag lunch sessions.

When are your meetings and is there a membership fee?

During the spring semester, our meetings were on the fourth Monday of each month. There is no membership fee.

How can students find more information about your organization?

Interested students can visit our website or Facebook page.

What kind of activities does your organization plan/attend?  

Our organization attends events that are not only academic, but also culturally enriching. This past year, we offered several activities including brown bag lunch sessions with our organization advisor, Rob Malouf, as well as professor Zheng-sheng Zhang from the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages, a workshop entitled "Bridging the Academic Professional Spheres in the TESOL Profession" that featured alumni from our program, and a panel session with civil rights advocates.

Our 40th Annual Linguistics Colloquium this past April featured a guest lecture from Kathryn Woolard, an anthropology professor at UC San Diego. Her discussion focused on the study of language attitudes and ideologies.

Members also attended events hosted by other organizations, including Korean Cultural Night, the Persian New Year event by SDSU's Persian Student Association and the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Open Round.