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.
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 that students may switch to ASL after struggling to learn other languages. But if the cause of their difficulty “was memorizing vocabulary and grammar,” McGraw points out, “this isn’t going to be any better.” For information on academic research of American Sign Language since the
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 to: Jade Sewa De La Paz (Brooklyn College CUNY) for her paper ““OMG, Guess What?!”: The Indispensability of Gossip in Community Building.” Both winners were given a spiffy framed certificate and $500, as well as $300 to cover travel costs to new Orleans to accept
At the 2010 annual business meeting of the Society for Linguistic Anthropoology, the Sapir Book Prize was awarded to Converting Words: Maya in the Age of the Cross, by William F. Hanks, published in 2010 by the University of California Press. Hanks holds the Distinguished Chair in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.
I currently have the privilege of TAing Intro to linguistic anthropology at the University of Toronto and in the previous weeks the students read and discussed connections between language and gender. As the course is a very short introduction to core concepts, students read a piece by Deborah Tannen in which the ideas about difference in childhood language socialization practices turn into consequential communicative differences in adulthood. Of course, for graduate students no reading can be complete without a ‘critique’. In Tannen’s successful attempts to bring the linguistic construction difference to popular audiences, some of the nuances and ambiguities in
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: http://kit.linguisticanthropology.org/about/ The site currently includes articles by Mark Sicoli and Robin Shoaps and links to useful websites from Bartek Plitchta, Andy Kovolos, and the American Folklife Center. More articles and suggestions for links are very welcome. We are particularly interested in pieces talking about how you use particular equipment in the field. See Mark Sicoli’s piece on Video Recording for an example
Ellen F. Prince, Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, died in her home in Philadelphia on Sunday 24 October. The Linguistics Society of America (via an email to members) and Language Log have reproduced an announcement from the University of Pennsylvania. Although Professor Prince was not an anthropologist ― her work on discourse and language contact was from the point of view of pragmatics in linguistics ― I valued my opportunity to study with her at the Linguistics Society of America’s Summer Institute. I often think about an off-hand remark she once made about the socio-political similarities
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.” At 2:00 pm the “Diaphonous Medium: A Semiotics of Hiding and Suggestion” is scheduled. Two panels are scheduled for 4:00 pm: “Anthropologies of the Voice” and “Chronotopes and Morality.” Another two are scheduled at 6:00 pm: “Circulation and Communicability” and “Language, Ideology and Identity.” At
New York Times reviews the latest research on baby babbling:
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, USA) Theme: This is the fourth in a series of international conferences organized around the role of the media in relation to the representation, construction and/or production of language. Following on from the previous three conferences, the fourth language in the media conference seems like
ISB8 – International Symposium on Bilingualism Oslo 2011 – Institutt for lingvistiske og nordiske studier. ISB8 will be hosted by The Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo from June 15 to June 18, 2011. Time: Jun 15, 2011 – Jun 18, 2011 Add to calendar The University of Oslo celebrates its 200th anniversary in the same year and ISB8 is part of the program for a celebration that will last throughout the entire year. Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies UiO celebrates its 200th anniversary This website will be regularly updated, so please check back