President: Robert Bayley, University of California, Davis
Vice-President and President Elect: Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto
Full list of past presidents
Vice President for Communications and Technology: Grant Barrett, A Way with Words
Executive Secretary: Allan Metcalf, MacMurray College
Delegate to the ACLS:William A. Kretzschmar, Jr., University of Georgia
Executive Council Members
Allison Burkette, University of Mississippi (2014)
Kathryn Remlinger, Grand Valley State University (2015)
Alexandra D’Arcy, University of Victoria (2016)
Betsy Evans, University of Washington (2017)
Connie C. Eble, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Luanne Vonne Schneidemesser, Dictionary of American Regional English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Bowie, University of Alaska, Anchorage
Editor, PADS: Robert Bayley, University of California, Davis
American Speech Editorial Board
Editor: Thomas Purnell, University of Wisconsin‑Madison
Senior Associate Editor: Michael B. Montgomery, University of South Carolina
Associate Editor for Book Reviews: Allison Burkette, University of Mississippi
Associate Editor, Pedagogical Section: Christine Mallinson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Managing Editor: Charles E. Carson, Duke University Press
Editorial Advisory Committee
David West Brown, National University of Singapore
Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, University of Kansas
Peter Grund, University of Kansas
Thomas Purnell, University of Wisconsin–Madison
One highlight of the annual meetings of ADS is voting on the annual Word of the Year.
The Society also sponsors sessions at the national conventions of the Modern Language Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Dictionary Society of North America, and the International Linguistic Association, and regional meetings at the regional affiliates of the Modern Language Association. All these are announced in the ADS Newsletter.
The name of this association is the American Dialect Society.
The American Dialect Society is organized in the interest of the academic community and not for profit. Its object is the study of the English language in North America, together with other languages or dialects of other languages influencing it or influenced by it.
Membership is open to all persons interested in the object of the Society. Members are in good standing if they have paid dues for the current calendar year.
Dues are established by the Executive Council and are for the calendar year.
A person may become a life member by paying an amount set by the Executive Council. A life member shall be exempt from further payment of dues.
After retirement, a person who has been a member of the Society for 20 years may become an emeritus member with the privileges of voting, presenting papers, and receiving the Newsletter.
IV. ANNUAL MEETING
The Society shall hold an annual meeting at such time and place as the Executive Council shall determine. The Business Meeting shall be held during the annual meeting. Those members in good standing present at the Business Meeting shall constitute a quorum.
The officers of the Society shall be a Vice President, a President, and a Past President. Each shall hold office for two years beginning at the conclusion of the annual meeting at which the Vice President is elected.
The Vice President shall serve as the chair of the program committee for the annual meeting, shall perform the functions of the President during the latter’s absence or inability to serve, and shall succeed to the Presidency.
The President shall preside at the annual meeting and at meetings of the Executive Council. The President, or an appointed delegate, shall represent the Society in appropriate official functions. The President shall work with the Executive Secretary to promote the interests of the Society, and shall succeed to the Past Presidency.
The Past President shall act as the liaison officer between the Society and the regional secretaries and at the annual meeting shall report upon their activities.
VI. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
There shall be an Executive Council, composed of the three officers, the Executive Secretary, the delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies, and four members-at-large, each elected by members in good standing present at the annual meeting, for a term of four years, one post falling vacant each year.
The Executive Council shall convene at the annual meeting and at such other times as may be desirable and convenient. No member of the Executive Council may be represented by a proxy. Five members shall constitute a quorum.
When necessary, vote upon an immediate matter may be taken by means of a mail ballot to be distributed by the Executive Secretary. For a mail vote five affirmatives shall be required for passage.
The Executive Council shall direct the activities of the Society within the general policies determined by the membership.
The Executive Council shall appoint an Executive Secretary under such arrangements as the situation may require. The Executive Secretary shall have the functions of a secretary-treasurer and shall serve as secretary of the annual meeting and of the meetings of the Executive Council. The Executive Secretary shall hold office for two years, and may be reappointed. An audit of the Executive Secretary’s financial records shall be made annually by an auditor appointed by the President, and the results reported at the annual meeting. At the annual meeting the Executive Secretary shall propose to the Executive Council a budget for the succeeding year, which the Council shall approve with such modifications as it deems appropriate.
The Executive Council shall fill any vacancy occurring between business sessions.
The Nominating Committee shall consist of the two immediate Past Presidents, and one member elected by the Society at an Annual Business Meeting for a two-year term. The senior Past President shall chair the Nominating Committee.
Not less than 90 days before the annual meeting the Nominating Committee shall report to the Executive Secretary its nominees. Within 30 days of receiving this report the Executive Secretary shall inform the Society membership by mail or through the Newsletter of the Committee’s nominations. Additional nominations may be made by a petition signed by at least ten members in good standing, to be received by the Executive Secretary not later than 15 days before the annual meeting. Elections shall occur during the annual meeting.
Any resolution on political or social matters not clearly and immediately related to the purpose of the Society shall be submitted to a referendum vote of the members in good standing. A majority of those voting within the time limit set by the Executive Council shall prevail.
Proposed amendments to this constitution must be approved by five members of the Executive Council or submitted in a petition to the Executive Secretary 60 days prior to the annual meeting. The petition must be signed by at least ten members in good standing. The amendment shall be discussed and may be amended at the annual meeting and then submitted to a referendum by mail of the members in good standing. A majority of those voting shall prevail.
The Executive Council shall appoint the editors of the Society’s publications. Each shall hold office for two years, and may be reappointed. After consultation with and upon the advice of the editors, the Executive Council may appoint associate, assistant, and managing editors. Each shall hold office for two years, and may be reappointed. The Executive Council may also if desirable appoint a General Editor for American Dialect Society Publications; the General Editor will serve an indefinite term and may be removed by a majority vote of the Executive Council in session at any annual meeting. After consultation with and upon the advice of the editors, the Executive Council shall appoint an Editorial Advisory Committee for American Speech of twelve members serving three-year terms, four to be appointed each year.
Copyrights and reprint rights are covered by contracts drawn up by the Executive Council and executed jointly by the editors and the Executive Secretary.
Each editor shall make an annual report in person to the Executive Council. A written copy of such report shall be filed with the Executive Secretary.
The standing research committees of the Society shall be as follows: Regionalisms and Linguistic Geography, Usage, Non-English Dialects, New Words, and Proverbial Sayings. Members and chairs of these committees shall be appointed annually by the President with the advice of the Executive Council. Chairs of standing committees shall report on the committees’ activities at the annual meeting.
Ad hoc committees for the execution of particular tasks may be set up by vote of the Executive Council or the annual business meeting. Members and chairs of such committees shall be determined as are those of the standing committees.
III. REGIONAL MEETINGS
The Executive Council may authorize the holding of regional meetings of the Society. Such regional meetings may be held during the conventions of the regional associations affiliated with the Modern Language Association or of the Canadian Linguistic Association or upon such other occasion as may seem desirable.
To facilitate the holding of regional meetings the Executive Council shall appoint regional secretaries, one for Canada and one for each region in which there is an affiliate of the Modern Language Association. Regional secretaries shall hold office for two years and may be reappointed. They shall have the responsibility of providing liaison with the Canadian Linguistic Association, the regional Modern Language Association affiliate, or any other appropriate organization in their region. They shall plan the program for the regional meeting with the assistance and counsel of the regional chairs or they may initiate, or cooperate in, such arrangements for a cosponsored meeting as regional circumstances may require.
At the regional meeting the Society members in good standing who are present shall elect a chair whose responsibility will be to preside at the next annual meeting and to assist the regional secretary in planning the program.
At least 30 days before the annual meeting each regional secretary shall report to the Past President the regional program and other relevant information. The Executive Council may invite regional secretaries to report in person at a Council meeting in order to consider matters of regional import.
IV. DELEGATES TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
At the appropriate time the Executive Council shall appoint a member to serve the customary four-year term as the Society’s delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies. Such a delegate may not serve two consecutive terms.
The Executive Council may appoint delegates to other learned societies whose purposes are consonant with that of the American Dialect Society. Such delegates shall hold office for two years, and may be reappointed.
These bylaws may be amended by a majority of members in good standing present at an annual meeting.
Past American Dialect Society Presidents
Francis James Child, 1889-90
James Morgan Hart, 1891-92
James M. Garnett, 1893
Edward S. Sheldon, 1894-95
Charles H. Grandgent, 1896
George L. Kittredge, 1897
Oliver F. Emerson, 1898
Lewis F. Mott, 1899-00
George Hempl, 1901-05
Oliver F. Emerson, 1906-09
Raymond Weeks, 1910
Calvin Thomas, 1911-12
William E. Mead, 1913-15
James W. Bright, 1916-21
William Allan Neilson, 1922-37
Louise Pound, 1938-41
Harry Morgan Ayres, 1942-43
Kemp Malone, 1944-46
Atcheson L. Hench, 1947-48
Allen Walker Read, 1949-50
E.H. Criswell, 1951-52
James B. McMillan, 1953-55
Levette J. Davidson, 1956 (died 5/14/57)
Frederic G. Cassidy, 1958-59
Thomas Pyles, 1960-61
Albert H. Marckwardt, 1962-63
Allan F. Hubbell, 1964
Einar Haugen, 1965-66
Raven I. McDavid, 1967-68
David W. Maurer, 1969-70
Harold B. Allen, 1971-72
I. Willis Russell, 1973
Audrey R. Duckert, 1974-75
Lee A. Pederson, 1976
William R. Van Riper, 1977
A. Hood Roberts, 1978
John Algeo, 1979
Virginia G. McDavid, 1980
Marvin Carmony, 1981-82
A. Murray Kinloch, 1983-84
Thomas L. Clark, 1985-86
Richard W. Bailey, 1987-88
Thomas J. Creswell, 1989-90
Michael D. Linn, 1991-92
John Baugh, 1993-94
Lawrence M. Davis, 1995-96
Walt Wolfram, 1997-98
Ronald R. Butters, 1999-2000
Dennis R. Preston, 2001-02
Michael B. Montgomery, 2003-04
Joan H. Hall, 2005-06
William A. Kretzschmar, Jr., 2007-08
Connie C. Eble, 2009-10
Luanne Von Schneidemesser, 2010-11
Jesse Sheidlower, 2011-12
Robert Bayley, 2012-13
Jesse Sheidlower, 2013-14