Date: Tue, 20 Dec 1994 11:10:52 -0800 From: THOMAS CLARK Subject: Preston's Arguments for meeting with LSA His argument is persuasive and takes dead aim at the issue: shall we continue to meet with MLA for convenience and reasons that have nought to do with study of language variation, or shall we continue having a section with MLA and throw in with LSA our resources, efforts, and recruitments of young, active linguists who will form the backbone of language variation study in the dawning of the next century. I think the answer is clear: we must form a stronger relationship with LSA for intellectual and scholarly reasons. We must let go of the musty MLA, and our series of excuses to go to a meeting where we are tolerated at best, ignored at worst. Cheers, tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]