In 1943, a group of linguists at colleges and universities in the New York area, including many members of the École Libre des Hautes Études in exile, came together to form the Linguistic Circle of New York.

In 1969, in recognition of the expanded character of its membership, the society's name was changed to the International Linguistic Association (ILA). Since that period, the ILA has emerged with a solid membership throughout the United States as well as various countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

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Solomon I. Sara, S.J.

Members of the Executive Board of the International Linguistic Association mourn the passing of Solomon I. Sara, S.J., Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Georgetown University. Father Sara was an active member of the ILA Board and remained a loyal supporter even after his retirement. He made important contributions to the field of linguistics and to the ILA and its journal, WORD, where he published a number of book reviews and articles. His last article, entitled "The Formal Approach of ʔal-Khalїl to Arabic Lexicography," appeared in 2000.

Father Sara was a frequent presenter at the ILA's Annual Conference, and he generously organized several of these conferences at Georgetown. We have especially fond memories of the meals he hosted for Board Members at the Jesuit community refectory on campus during those meetings. As long-time Board Member Sheila Embleton noted, "He had a great sense of humour, very quiet and calm, and with a twinkle in his eye."

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