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The Society for Linguistic Anthropology would like to invite submissions of graduate student papers for the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize. Papers should be submitted by the deadline, March 12, 2014. The winner and finalists will be invited to participate in an SLA-sponsored panel at the 2014 AAA meetings in Washington DC, along with this year’s [...]
Dear Linguistic Anthropologists, As your new Section Program Editor I regret that I am getting off to a fairly exciting start. There have been some changes to procedures and deadline about which I have only just become aware – I am using every means of communication to spread my belated awareness among you all. The [...]
SOCIETY FOR LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY PRESIDENTIAL CONVERSATION ON LANGUAGE AND MOBILITY: RETHINKING THE POPULATIONS, PRACTICES, AND PLACES OF “MIGRATION” Friday, November 22, 2013 12:15pm to 1:30pm Chicago Hilton (Williford A) Event Description In conjunction with the AAA Public Education Initiative on Migration, this event will engage the co-constitutive relationships between language practices and the forms of [...]
Society for Linguistic Anthropology 2013 Graduate Student Essay Competition 2 Winners: Elise Kramer (University of Chicago) ”Speaking for the Voiceless: Metaphors of Power and Agency in Political Discourse” Katherine Geenberg (Stanford) ”Fractal Marginalization and Linguistic Style in Hill Country: How the Nor-Rel-Muk Indians mix local Englishes to construct authenticity” 3 runners-up: Jonghyun Park (University of [...]
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s column in Anthropology News has been updated with an article by Christopher Ball, Alejandro Paz, and Michael Silverstein, entitled, “Teleologies of Structuralism.” Click here to read the article.
New SLA Column in Anthropology News: “The Lavender Languages Conference Turns 21″ by William L. Leap
Visit the Anthropology News website to read the latest from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/02/03/the-lavender-languages-conference-turns-21/
A story by Beth McMurtrie in the Chronicle of Higher Education asks what ethical obligations historians have to people they interview. This is, in my opinion, an issue of tremendous importance for linguists, anthropologists, and all scholars who work with human subjects.
“If you choose an answer at random, what is your probability of being correct?” The question is, I think, pragmatically ambiguous. It features neither lexical nor structural ambiguity, yet the joke hinges on understanding the question in more than one way.
A table of language-related panels and activities at the American Anthropological Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting
Why am I uncomfortable with talk of evolution in the news? Maybe I’m hearing echoes of Herbert Spencer. A brief exploration of Terry Gross and Daniel Lieberman’s discussion of The Story of the Human Body, and my own discomfort with the necessary simplification of complex ideas