The Linguistic Association of Nigeria(LAN) was founded in 1980. It was formed primarily among other goals to:

(1) provide a foundation for the study of Nigerian languages;

(2) provide a forum for sharing ideas on the scholarly study of these languages and their literature with a view to developing them;

(3) initiate, encourage and support scholarly research in this field for scientific purposes and advice of the government;

(4) establish and publish regularly learned journals;

(5) cooperate with other associations or bodies that have similar goals.

The Association meets annually to share reports, publications, and other activities to advance its cause. JOLAN, the Association’s journal, and other scholarly language related works are also published annually and circulated at the conference.