Bernard Comrie (California, USA)
The languages of New Guinea have interested me continuously since I first starting learning about them in the 1970s, and this led to a year-long field trip in the 1980s, including an early publication in the Society's journal. Becoming a life member of LSPNG is a very partial repayment of the debt I owe to PNG, its people, and its linguists, but more importantly a statement of confidence in the future of linguistic work in PNG and the Society's role in fostering and publishing this work.
Joel Bradshaw (Hawaii):
After doing fieldwork in Papua New Guinea in 1976, I published my first professional article in volume 11 of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea's journal Kivung (now Language and Linguistics in Melanesia). Over the years, the society, the journal, and my own research output have had their ups and downs. Becoming a lifetime member of the LSPNG marks my commitment to help keep the society and the journal on a more even keel moving forward.