The United Associations of Language Studies

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Articles of Association


Article 1 The name of this association is "The United Associations of Language Studies, (UALS)".


Article 2 UALS consists of language related academic associations.


Article 3 The purpose of UALS is to facilitate networks with member associations while respecting each association's autonomy and supporting their activities in order to enhance development of language studies and related academic fields, to foster international collaboration, and to make multifaceted contributions to address social issues.


Article 4 In order to achieve the purposes mentioned above, the following activities will be undertaken.

(1) Promotion of linkage and cooperation of related academic fields in language studies

(2) Promotion of academic development by collaborating with other academic disciplines

(3) Strengthening international collaboration in the fields of language studies

(4) Dissemination of achievements and suggestions of policies in language related fields.

(5) Other necessary and relevant activities to achieve the above mentioned purposes

(Organization and Administration)

Article 5 UALS currently has an Executive Association which consists of five associations: The Linguistic Society of Japan, The Society for Japanese Linguistics, The English Linguistic Society of Japan, The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, and The Japan Association for Language Teaching.

Article 6 UALS has an Officers' Committee.

Article 7 The Officers' Committee consists of representatives of Executive representatives, one from each association.

Article 8 The Officers' Committee has a Chair. The Chair is one person and he/she represents UALS.

Article 9 The Officers' Committee shall decide the turn of the Chair and the Auditors.

Article 10 The Officers' Committee shall meet at least once a year, discuss and execute the following activities of UALS.

(1) Policies and planning of UALS activities and events for each year

(2) Planning and finalizing the budget of the year

(3) Approval of new members' applications and/or withdrawals

(4) Decision on the amount of annual fee and other fees as well as confirmation of payment

(5) Amendments of the Articles of UALS

(6) Other matters related with the running of UALS

Article 11 Member associations shall receive information from the Officers' Committee, and express their opinions as well as make suggestions to the Officers' Committee.

Article 12 The office of UALS will be housed in the association's office where the Chair is affiliated.

(Membership - application and withdrawal)

Article 13 There is a separate by-law with regard to membership.

(Finance and Auditing)

Article 14 UALS members shall pay fixed annual membership fees in order to facilitate activities of UALS.

Article 15 The Executive membership fees are fixed, and regular members' fees are determined by the number of members in each academic organization.

Article 16 Other fees may be charged besides membership fees in order to support activities.

Article 17 UALS will appoint Auditors. The two Auditors will be selected from among candidates who are members of the Executive Committee, but who are not Officers' Committee members of the UALS. Audits will take place once a year with the Auditors making a report to the Officer's Committee.

(Active year and Terms)

Article 18 UALS' year begins in April, and ends the following March. The Chair serves for one year and the Auditors serve for two years. When members leave during his/her term, a replacement will be selected from the same association, and he/she will serve for the remaining duration of the term.


Article 19 The amendments of the Articles of UALS should be approved by the Officers' Committee.

Effective on April 1, 2010
Revised on April 24, 2011

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