- how language is affected by bilingualism, writing, reading, and contact with other languages
- how to aid in preserving endangered languages and the knowledge contained in them
- how language affects our lives, e.g. in the ways we think about important issues and the ways we regard people who speak differently from ourselves
- how human language is related to the communication systems and cognitive capacities of other animals
- how to get computers to translate documents and get useful information from them
Section Z promotes understanding of linguistics and allied language sciences by presenting symposia and sponsoring speakers at AAAS meetings, and by encouraging members and their colleagues to present their work in ways that are understandable to other scientists and to the public. Because the study of language is highly interdisciplinary, Section Z actively seeks to cooperate with other AAAS Sections in planning symposia.
The establishment of this website provides another medium for promoting general knowledge of what linguists, speech-language pathologists, lexicographers, computational linguists, language teachers, reading education researchers, and other members of the general language professions do, and how their work helps us understand human beings and address some of their needs.
Section Z Linguistics and Language Sciences is formally affiliated with two major professional organizations: the Linguistic Society of America and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
If you are thinking about joining AAAS, check out the
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|Academy of Aphasia
|Members of the Academy of Aphasia are researchers who study the language
problems of people who have neurological diseases. Some of these researchers also
provide clinical services to help people improve their language skills following strokes or other illnesses.
|The Association for Computational Linguistics is THE international scientific
and professional society for people working on problems involving natural language
|The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific,
and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
|CHILDES is the child language component of the TalkBank system. TalkBank is a
system for sharing and studying conversational interactions.
|The Endangered Language Fund is a small non-profit organization founded with the goal of supporting
endangered language preservation and documentation projects.
|Funknet is a forum for discussion of issues in Functional Linguistics.
|Language Log is a blog about linguists and languages. It is
run by linguists at University of Pennsylvania.
|The Linguistic Society of America is the major professional society
in the United States that is exclusively dedicated to the advancement of the scientific study of language.
|The National Aphasia Association is a nonprofit organization
that promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia and their families.
|Praat: doing phonetics by computer.