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Elections for American Anthropological Association positions, including President-Elect, Executive Board members, and several committee positions, as well as elections for the Society for Linguistic Anthropology and other sections are open now until 31 May, 2013.
CFP: The Struggle Over Text and Context in the Healthcare Industry: Where Is Anthropological Insight
Via Lissie Wahl-Kleiser: Lissie Wahl-Kleiser, Seth D. Hannah, Michael T. Nathan Contextualization is sine que non for anthropological interpretation. Applied industries, in contrast, favor literal interpretation of written and oral communication. Contextualization is notoriously absent from interpreting industry codes of ethics and standards of practice and when mentioned at all, it is given marginal attention. Does [...]
Submissions are now open for the 2013 edition of the Sapir Prize. Deadline: May 1, 2013.
Members of SLA and AAA are issuing calls for papers to join panels for the AAA annual meeting via linguistic anthropology email list LINGANTH. Links to recent calls are here.
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology would like to invite submissions of graduate student papers for the SLA’s Annual Student Essay Prize. Papers should be submitted by the deadline, which is March 11, 2013. Detailed information is in this announcement.
In this guest post Anna Marie Trester, Director of the MA in Language and Communication (MLC) at Georgetown University, explains how the linguistic theory of deictics can help job seekers think about themselves from potential employers’ points of view.
M.A. PROGRAM IN LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY Flagstaff, Arizona The Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University offers one of the country’s best anthropology MA programs.Our MA program in linguistic anthropology provides students with opportunities for scholarly development and applied work grounded in strong theoretical and methodological foundations. Strengths of the program include an emphasis [...]
Dear SLA Student Members, This year AES will be sponsoring four faculty-students workshops and one workshop for recent PhDs to provide an intimate environment for discussing issues important to AES as well as graduate students. These workshops may also be of interest to SLA student members who are equally encouraged to apply. AES is also happy [...]
Gabriel Arana recently published a defense of creaky voice at The Atlantic. He notes that recent criticism of young women’s use of creaky voice, or “vocal fry”, is part of a long tradition of critiquing the speaking styles of less powerful groups of people. Arana’s conclusion that “normative judgments about linguistic prestige are relative, and merely reflect social attitudes” is absolutely correct and well-known to linguistic anthropologists and other scholars of language. The particular speech patterns he analyses to support his conclusion – up-talk, like, and creak – are somewhat questionable, however.
In 2011 the American Dialect Society listed ‘the 99%’ among its Words of the Year. In 2012 ’47%’ became the new politically-charged number. These numbers are connected in a way that might not be obvious.
Mitt Romney was recorded declaring, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.” Because they pay no income tax, Romney suggested, 47% of Americans are dependent on government. This resembles a charge made in 2011 by conservative activists at the53.tumblr, which in turn was a response to the Occupy Wall Street-affiliated wearethe99percent.tumblr.