The name of this organisation will be "International Quantitative Linguistics Association", abbreviated "IQLA". IQLA
can change its name by majority agreement of the membership.
The purpose of IQLA is to promote the development of theoretical and applied Quantitative Linguistics and to stimulate
worldwide communication among scientists working in this and related fields. In order to realise these objectives,IQLA
publishes a newsletter, holds international conferences, establishes chapters, and sponsors other activities consistent
with its objectives as directed by the Council.
The membership of IQLA consists of individual and corporate members. All members join the Association by application
in a form prescribed by the Council. The Council may also invite and appoint Honorary Members, who shall be entitled to attend
IQLA is governed by a Council of elected members. The elected members of the Council are the President, the Vice-President,
the Treasurer, the Secretary-General, and four Council-Members-at-Large. The principal editor of the Newsletter and the
Chairman of the Executive Committee shall be invited to all Council meetings and shall be included in all Council correspondence.
All members of the Council must be members of the Association.
The Council appoints such Committees as it finds necessary to carry out the business of the Society or to further its objectives. Those
Committees shall preferably be chaired by Council-Members. There shall be at least three such committees:
Groups of individual members might form Chapters of the Association. These Chapters can be formed on a territorial basis, on
the basis of common academic interests, or of a combination of the two. They may either adopt the Associations' Constitution and
By-Laws or design their own. In the latter case the Constitution has to be approved by the Council before the Chapter is
The President invites nominations for the election of all Council-Members. He gives at least two mouths' notice, through the
Newsletter, of the closing date for the receipt of nominations. Candidates must be members of the Association. They may be
proposed either by Council members or by any six members of the Association. No nomination that is in accordance with the
Constitution may be refused, provided that the candidate agrees to stand. The form of the ballot is decided by the Council.
Officers are elected for one term, which is the period between the end of the business meeting held during the International
Conference mentioned in §6 and the end of the business meeting at the following International Conference. Re-election is
possible for all officers.
International Conferences are held by the Association at intervals of between 24 and 48 months. The President nominates,
and the Council elects, the Chairman of the Association and the Chairman of the Program Committee of the new International
Fees for the International Conferences are fixed by the local organizing committee in consultation with the President. Any
surplus of Conference funds shall become part of the funds of the Association, subject to local laws.
The membership fee is proposed by the Council and decided by the Business Meeting. It may differ for individual members and
for corporate members, for different types of individual and corporate members, and for different countries. Chapter fees
are decided by the individual Chapters. A member who has not paid his or her dues before the end of the current year will be
deemed to have left the Association.
The Newsletter is distributed free of charge to all members of the Association, to the last known address. The Editor is
appointed by the Council, and is responsible for implementing the directives of the Council.
The Association may hold conferences and seminars addotional to to the International Conferences. The organization of such
meetings is subject to the directives of the Council.
If proposed by al least 10% of the membership of the Association, or by vote of the Council, this Constitution may be
amended by the majority of 2/3 of the votes, either at a business meeting of the Council or by a written ballot. Proposals
must reach the President at least two months before the voting takes place.
In order to carry out the obligations as set forth in this Constitution and to conduct the business of the Association, the
Council shall adopt by-laws. These may be adopted, annulled, or amended by an affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the Council
members. The Council shall have the authority to interpret the by-laws.