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Call For Papers SALSA XIX: Language in the Public Domain

The Symposium About Language and Society-Austin is pleased to announce its 19th Annual meeting, to be held April 15-17 at the University of Texas at Austin. The theme of this year’s conference is “Language in the Public Domain;” SALSA

As I was going through the Times…

Stephen Chrisomalis, Wayne State University
Recently, there has been a “Puzzle Moment” in the science section of the New York Times, with an eclectic mix of articles combining scientific pursuits with cognitive and linguistic play of various sorts. One that caught my eye is ‘Math Puzzles’ Oldest Ancestors Took Form on Egyptian Papyrus’ by Pam Belluck, which is an account of the well-known Rhind Mathematical Papyrus. The RMP is an Egyptian mathematical text dating to around 1650 BCE, and is one of the most complete and systematic known accounts of ancient Egyptian mathematics.

Increasing number of US students study ASL

According to an article in the New York Times, American Sign Language is now the fourth most-studied language among US college and university students. While enrollment in foreign-language courses generally has held steady or increased only modestly, enrollment in ASL courses increased more than sixteen percent between 2006 and 2009. Instructor Amy Ruth McGraw suggests […]

Congratulations to our Student Essay Prize Winners!

From Jillian Cavanaugh, Brooklyn College, Chair of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology Student Essay Prize Committee The 2010 SLA Graduate Student Essay prize went to: Nicholas Harkness (University of Chicago) for his paper “Vowel Harmony Redux: A Binary Structure of Attribution in Korean and Its Ideological Framings.” The 2010 SLA Undergraduate Student Essay Prize went […]

Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 20(2)

The latest issue of the JLA has arrived

Call for Papers: Language, Interaction, and Social Organization

CFP: 17th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization

Complex orthography and advertising

I continue my observations on Japan’s complex writing system with notes on two texts: the cardboard covers enclosing two six-packs of happoshu, or low-cost beer.

Announcing the new “Tools for Linguistic Anthropologists” SLA resource site

We are very pleased to announce the first of a series of new resource sites, Tools for Linguistic Anthropologists, a blog and archive for the latest information about audio, video, and other tools we use in our field: The site currently includes articles by Mark Sicoli and Robin Shoaps and links to useful websites […]

Multikulti in context

Ingrid Piller at Language on the Move looks and English-medium news coverage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent declaration, “Multikulti ist absolut gescheitert.” Piller says that the English language press largely seems to misunderstand the comments.

Nominees for the Edward Sapir Book Prize 2010

SLA is pleased to announce that the following 24 titles have been nominated and are eligible for the Edward Sapir Book Prize 2010.

Macaronic Orthography; or The Devill Kis his 肛門

My commute to my new job at Nagoya University this morning revealed that macarone is alive and well among Japanese taggers.

Circulating Among the Language Panels in New Orleans

Mark Allen Peterson Miami University Circulation is the keyword of this year’s meeting, and it appears in the title of several of the more than forty panels devoted to language at the meetings in New Orleans next month. There are eight language panels on Wednesday beginning at noon with “Time and Language among the Maya.” […]

Language in the Media 4: Second Call for Papers (November 15)

2nd Call for papers 4th International Language in the Media Conference Language(?) in the Media(?): Rethinking the Field Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th June 2011 University of Limerick, Ireland Keynote speakers Mike Cormack (Sabhal Mòr Ostaigh, UK) Nikolas Coupland (Cardiff University, UK) Sari Pietikäinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) Kathryn Woolard (University of California, San Diego, […]