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Linguistic Anthropology is the comparative study of the ways in which language shapes social life. On this website, you can find information about the SLA, how to contact us, and about our journal. Be sure to also check out our blog, and other helpful resources.

Last Call: Nominations for Public Outreach Award (Oct 15)

SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service: Call for Nominations The submission deadline is October 15, 2016. Created and awarded for the first time by the SLA in 2014, this award honors an SLA member or members for work that effectively impacts public awareness of social issues involving language and communication and/or represents a significant service to a particular community outside […]

Announcement of new JLA Editor

Announcement of new JLA Editor

The SLA board has concluded its search and is pleased to announce that Paul Kockelman will be the next Editor of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, starting in November at the close of the 2016 AAA.  Many many thanks to outgoing Editor-in-Chief Alexandra (Misty) Jaffe and Associate Editor Paul Garrett for their years of editorial […]


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AN News: “The Gap That Won’t Be Filled: An anthropolitical critique of the ‘Language Gap'” by Avineri et. al.

Anthropology News Article Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey), Susan D. Blum (U of Notre Dame), Eric Johnson (Washington State U Tri-Cities), Kathleen C. Riley (Rutgers U), and Ana Celia Zentella (UC San Diego) Is language responsible for poverty? If poor and minority parents spoke like rich white parents, would they too […]

AN News: “Difficult Interpretations: Linguistic anthropology and access to social services” by Rusty Barrett (U Kentucky), Hilaria Cruz (U Kentucky), and María Luz García (Eastern Michigan U)

Anthropology News Article Since 2000, any agency receiving government funding is legally obligated to provide clients with access to interpreters who speak their language. However, finding interpreters for indigenous languages can be difficult. Those of us who research languages from Mexico and Central America have become used to regular requests for help finding interpreters. Even […]

AN News: “Interdisciplinary Collaborations around Language and Social Justice” by Jonathan Rosa (Stanford University) and Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

In recent years, AAA’s Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) has generously supported a range of efforts intended to create interdisciplinary dialogues. In 2014, this support took the form of an Invited Colloquium at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), conceived of by then presidents of AAA and AAAL, Monica Heller […]

AN News: “Charting New Territory: The Intersection of Linguistics and Geography” by Catherine Lee (U Hawaiʻi Manoa)

Anthropology News Column When most people think about linguistic geography, if they think of it at all, they think of dialect atlases such as the Atlas of North American English (Labov et al., 2006). But linguistic geography has the potential to be far more than isoglosses and vowel shifts. At the recent American Association of […]