Educating Tibetans in Tibetan?

A Fork in the Chinese Road: Educating Tibetans in Tibetan? Susan D. Blum December 23, 2011 Earlier this month a Tibetan monk set himself on fire. It was the twelfth incidence of Tibetan self-immolation by a monk or nun since March, according to unverified but plausible reports. These acts of desperation continue a long line of protests in China despite the Chinese government’s unyielding determination to keep Tibetans in line. What is called by protestors “cultural genocide” has many dimensions, not the least of which is language. When people’s religion, subsistence, and very language are attacked as unworthy, there are

Occupying Language

H. Samy Alim writing in the NY Times about “What if We Occupied Language?” When I flew out from the San Francisco airport last October, we crossed above the ports that Occupy Oakland helped shut down, and arrived in Germany to be met by traffic caused by Occupy Berlin protestors. But the movement has not only transformed public space, it has transformed the public discourse as well. Occupy. It is now nearly impossible to hear the word and not think of the Occupy movement. Even as distinguished an expert as the lexicographer and columnist Ben Zimmer admitted as much this

Languages of Christmas

December 18, 2011 No Comments Leila Uncategorized

From my University of Wyoming Colleague Paul Flesher. Comments on this piece and the languages of Channukah and other holidays most welcome! Happy holidays to you all, Leila UW Religion Today Column for Week of Dec. 18-24: Speaking Internationally: The Languages of Joseph, Mary and the Wise Men Share This Story: December 14, 2011 — By Paul V.M. Flesher The stories of Jesus’ birth are stories of travel. In the Gospel of Luke, Mary and Joseph travel through the national territory, from Nazareth in Jewish Galilee to Bethlehem in Jewish Judea. In Matthew’s Gospel, the travel is international. The tale

Executive order on Native American Language Revitalization

December 7, 2011 1 Comment Chad Nilep In the news, Language Diversity, Language Loss

The Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation is carrying out a letter-writing campaign to urge President Obama to sign an executive order. According to the LSA-CELP, “U.S. government agencies would be directed to ensure that their policies, procedures, and functions support community-based language revitalization. It would compel governmental agencies to follow through on the promises of the Native American Languages Act and the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act.”

Assistant Professor in English Linguistics in the School of English, The University of Hong Kong

Applications are invited for appointment as Assistant Professor in English Linguistics in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong.

Western Illinois University: Linguistic Anthropology Position Opening

November 23, 2011 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, Jobs , ,

Western Illinois University seeks tenure-track assistant professor in Linguistic Anthropology. Requirements: evidence of teaching and research abilities; Ph.D. in Anthropology by time of appointment. Preferences: environmental anthropology or human ecology; a geographic focus that complements current faculty. Submit cover letter, vita with 3 references including contact information, 3 letters of support, official transcripts, and evidence of teaching and research potential to: Chair, WIU Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. AA/EO employer. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Review begins

Balinese language level at Johnson

November 18, 2011 No Comments Chad Nilep Uncategorized

The “Johnson” language blog has an interesting post on Balinese language levels and the effects of nationalism, globalization, and modernity on the Balinese language.

Two-year replacement lecturer position – Sociocultural anthro/Sub-Saharan Africa

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Vermont invites applications for one-year full-time lecturer position in socio-cultural anthropology to begin August 2012, with the possibility of reappointment for a second year beginning August 2013.

SLA STUDENTS IN FOCUS

October 23, 2011 No Comments Lindsay Bell Prizes, SLA, Uncategorized , ,

The annual meeting in Montreal is less than a month away. Before you fill your dance cards completely, I wanted to let you know about the fine selection of student-focused panels the SLA and other sections have put together in continued attempts to make the large meetings fruitful for every stage of your anthropological trajectory.   On behalf of the executive board, I am pleased to promote the invited panel “NEW VOICES IN ANTHROPOLOGY: THE SOCIETY OF LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY’S GRADUATE STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST” which will take place Saturday, November 19, 2011: 13:45-15:30. In lieu of our traditional single paper prize,

SAE Roundtables at AAA Meetings

October 12, 2011 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements

You can now register for the SAE Roundtable Luncheon on the AAA Meetings website. Tickets are $45, or just $15 for students. It’s a great opportunity to discuss topics of central importance in the discipline with other scholars, to contribute observations, and to ask questions, all while eating a catered meal together. The SAE Roundtable Luncheon will be held at the AAA meetings in Montreal on Saturday, November 19 from 12:15-2 PM. Linguistic Anthropologist Susan Gal will be leading one roundtable, and all highlight important issues. If you are already registered for the meeting you should use this guide: http://dev.aaanet.org/wiki/sites/default/files/tutorial/workshop-tutorial.swf

Job Announcement, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

October 11, 2011 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, Jobs ,

The Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University is  pleased to announce one of two  tenure-track positions in Sociolinguistics at the Assistant Professor level.  We seek candidates who have a strong record of research and teaching, and ability to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in any combination of subfields including but not limited to: analysis of videotaped interaction; computer mediated communication; language and gender, space, politics, religion or identity; intercultural  communication; classroom interaction; or macrosociolinguistics (including language policy and planning, bi- and multilingualism, and language endangerment). The appointment will start on August 1, 2012. Applicants must have completed

JLA “Racializing Discourses”

Journal of Linguistic Anthropology special issue, “Racializing Discourses,” now available online! Misty Jaffe and Paul Garrett are very pleased to announce the publication of the first-ever online issue of JLA. (Further information about JLA online issues is available here.) Guest-edited and with an introduction by Hilary Dick and Kristina Wirtz, this special themed issue includes articles by Kristina Wirtz (“Cuban Performances of Blackness as the Timeless Past Still Among Us”); Hilary Dick (“Making Immigrants Illegal in Small-Town USA”); Stanton Wortham, Elaine Allard, Kathy Lee & Katherine Mortimer (“Racialization in Payday Mugging Narratives”); Ryan Blanton (“Chronotopic Landscapes of Environmental Racism”); and