The Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics is organized in the interest of the academic community and not for profit.
Its object is the study and documentation of pidgin and creole languages worldwide, together with other languages or dialects of other languages influencing them or influenced by them. The Society adheres to standard ethical guidelines for fieldwork.
The first meeting of the SPCL was held in Washington in January 1989 in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America. This was three years after the launch of its affiliated publication the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics. The background to the formation of the Society is elaborated by Glenn Gilbert (2005): SPCL in Retrospect.