For Ebonics, the New Milennium Is Pretty Much Like the Old One

Language and Culture (Anthro News Blog) I am delighted to announce the launch of the Language and Culture column on the Anthropology News blog. Jacqueline Messing, Richard Senghas and I will be sharing editorial duties for the blog for the coming year. My first act as co-editor was to ask Ronald Kephardt for an update on Ebonics and am really pleased he agreed to participate. His column is below. The original piece on the blog is at: Do drop by and leave a comment or give the piece some stars! All readers of this blog are also invited to think

Two positions in Communication at University of Illinois

University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign The Department of Communication, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, seeks two full-time faculty members at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor. Candidates for appointment should have or be near to completing the Ph.D. by the target start date of August 16, 2012. Salary level is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. We seek one outstanding candidate who specializes in any area of media effects; this may include mediated communication processes and effects; audience formation and behavior; health-related media content; or the role of media in political systems. We also seek an outstanding

Interpersonal Communication, Part Time (Adjunct) Position

September 14, 2011 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, Events, Jobs , , ,

For people in the SF Bay Area: Interpersonal Communication, Part Time (Adjunct) Position The Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a part time (adjunct) instructor to teach one section of our introductory interpersonal communication course “Communication and Everyday Life,” a theory-based introduction to interpersonal communication. This course is scheduled to be taught Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 65 minutes during spring semester 2012. This position is pending approval and funding. Preference is for a candidate who has completed at least some doctoral-level work in interpersonal communication and who has taught an introduction to interpersonal communication (or similar course) at the

Discourse job at UC Santa Barbara

The Linguistics Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to hire a specialist in discourse-based approaches to functional explanation for grammar. The appointment will be tenure-track at the Assistant Professor level, effective July 1, 2012. Candidates’ research should be based on a functionally oriented, empirically grounded approach to discourse and grammar, addressing the ways that language use shapes linguistic structure, and making significant theoretical contributions to the question of why languages are as they are. Candidates will be preferred whose research addresses the multidimensional nature of functional explanation, integrating insights from among the following areas: cross-linguistic and typological

Linganth job at Kansas State University

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Linguistic Anthropology to begin August 2012. PhD in Anthropology or Linguistics preferred, ABD considered. The successful candidate will be dedicated to high-quality undergraduate education and a four-field approach to anthropology with a strong commitment to student and faculty diversity. Teaching responsibilities include five courses per academic year, including introductory linguistic anthropology each fall and spring semester. Preference will be given to candidates who can effectively educate students in all aspects of linguistics from a broad anthropological perspective, with an emphasis on language and

Proposed changes to human research protection “Common Rule”

August 31, 2011 1 Comment Chad Nilep Announcements , , ,

The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the Common Rule. The Common Rule regulates human research protections for work supported by many US government agencies, and as such has a large influence on the practices of Institutional Review Boards and US universities, research institutes, agencies, and the like.

Asymmetric/unreciprocal/receptive/non-accommodating bilingualism

Bilingual Interactions: A conversation borrowed from the Linganth e-mail list. Thanks to all the participants! Q: What do you/we call it when a conversation unfolds in which Speaker A speaks to Speaker B in one language (X-ish), and Speaker B responds in another (Y-ish)? The assumption is that both speakers have at least some passive competence in the other’s language. And do you know of any scholarship on this phenomenon? Rudolf P. Gaudio ——— This practice has been advocated by some policymakers in Catalonia over the last couple decades, since autonomy was established in 1979. I wrote about it as

SLA Nominations Committee

August 24, 2011 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, Positions, SLA

The Executive Board of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology is seeking someone who will serve as a member of the Nominations Committee of the SLA. The position is an appointed one, and the member of the Nominations Committee will work with the other members to advertise open American Anthropological Association positions that are designated for linguistic anthropology as well as open positions within the SLA. The Nominations Committee is responsible for proposing slates of candidates for the two kinds of elections. Members collect materials from potential candidates. Once slates are created, the members of the Nominations Committee submit candidates’ materials

SLA Anthro News Column

SLA Column for May 2011 Mark Allen Peterson and James Stanlaw Linguistic Moments in the Movies, Part VII By Mark Allen Peterson (Miami U) It’s time for our annual roundup of films and film clips suitable for initiating discussions about language—or just a good laugh at the way the media industry represents language. The Gods Must be Crazy (1981) I went to this film when it first opened in Los Angeles almost thirty years ago, and I loved it. I felt rather guilty a few years later (in 1985), when I read the brilliant review in American Anthropologist by Toby

Journal of Linguistic Anthropology Top Articles

July 18, 2011 No Comments Leila AAA, Announcements, JLA, Prizes

Below is a list of the top 20 most downloaded articles from Journal of Linguistic Anthropology during 2010. Thanks to Wiley-Blackwell for supplying this information. All authors are invited to discuss these articles in more depth in a separate blog post. (Rank Accesses Article Title Authors Volume Issue) 1 (863) The Whiteness of Nerds: Superstandard English and Racial Markedness MARY BUCHOLTZ JLA 11(1) 2 (743) Those Naughty Teenage Girls: Japanese Kogals, Slang, and Media Assessments LAURA MILLER JLA 14(2) 3 (725) Urban Princesses: Performance and Women’s Language- in Japan’s Gothic/Lolita Subculture ISAAC GAGNE JLA 18(1) 4 (419) The Social Circulation

SLA Members Elected to AAA Offices

July 9, 2011 No Comments SLA President AAA, Announcements, SLA

I’m very pleased to announce that in the spring balloting, SLA member and former SLA Treasurer Monica Heller was elected Vice-President and President-Elect of the American Anthropological Association; after a 2 year term, she will serve 2 years as AAA President. Niko Besnier was elected to the Linguistics Seat on the AAA Executive Board. Hurray for Monica and Niko, and warmest congratulations. Best wishes to all, Kit Woolard President, SLA

Code of ethics for forensic linguistics

July 6, 2011 No Comments Chad Nilep Uncategorized

 This piece does not reflect the official opinion of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, its officers or its individual members. The Linguistic Society of America’s “LSA Ethics Discussion Blog” has posted a draft Code of Ethics for Linguists in Forensic Linguistics Consulting. The authors seek comments on the draft policy, primarily from members of the LSA, that might guide their revisions. The blog is, however, public, so that anyone with interests and concerns about forensic linguistics or legal consulting may view and comment on the draft.

Language Links #3

This piece does not reflect the official opinion of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, its officers or its individual members. One of the most important functions of this blog is to inform people of current work being done within linguistic anthropology. As part of this, all linguistic anthropologists are invited to discuss current publications including books and articles. Such discussions will not only be available on this blog site but also on the Linganth list, Twitter and (we hope) other forums as well. As I just published a year in review article of linguistic anthropology in 2010, I thought this

Call for Papers: Computational Models of Narrative

July 4, 2011 No Comments Leila Announcements, Call for Papers, In the news

This post does not reflect the official opinions of the SLA, its officers or individual members. I thought this call for papers was interesting as it directly connects to the discussion we have been having in Language Links on computational models, cheers, Leila International Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative May 20-22, 2012, Istanbul, Turkey ———————————————– Submissions Due: *Friday, February 24, 2012* ———————————————– Workshop Aims ————- Narratives are ubiquitous in human experience. It is clear that, to fully understand and explain human intelligence, beliefs, and behaviors, we will have to understand why narrative is universal and explain the function

Response to Language Links #2

June 30, 2011 No Comments Leila In the news

This post does not reflect the official opinions of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, the SLA Blog or individual members of the SLA. From: Aaron Bady, Oakland, CA: Do you notice how none of the “don’t read” stuff in that article are actually quotes from Moretti? For example, here’s Moretti:
“[W]hy set quantitative evidence in opposition to “attention to syntax, linguistic register, and grammar”? From the moment I started using external models for literary study—evolutionary theory, over twenty years ago—I realized that their great advantage lies precisely in the fact that they renew and galvanize formal analysis. At times, the

SLA Election Results

June 29, 2011 No Comments SLA President Announcements, SLA

I’m pleased to announce the results of the recent balloting for SLA offices. Paul Kroskrity was voted President-elect, a two year term after which he will serve two years as President.  Jillian Cavanaugh was elected to a second  term as a member of the SLA Executive Committee.  These terms will begin at the end of the AAA meetings in November. At that time, Norma Mendoza-Denton will step up from President-elect to President of SLA. Warmest congratulations to Paul and Jillian, and my thanks to them for being willing to serve in these positions. Thanks also to SLA members who agreed

Language Links #2

These comments do not necessarily reflect the official opinions of the Society of Linguistic Anthropology, its officers or individual members. In the June 24, 2011 edition of the New York Times, Kathryn Schulz reviews Franco Moretti’s work on “distant reading,” the analysis of literary texts such as Hamlet or Victorian novels. Reacting to a paper from Moretti and his colleagues at the Stanford Literary Lab, Schulz writes, Reading the paper, though, I mostly vacillated between two reactions: “Huh?” and “Duh!” — sometimes in response to a single sentence. For example, Moretti, quoting a colleague, defines “protagonist” as “the character that

SLA Undergraduate Paper Contest

June 6, 2011 2 Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, Events, Prizes, SLA, Undergraduate Paper Contest

From Jillian Cavanaugh (SLA Executive Committee Member at Large and organizer of this year’s competition): Dear SLA Colleagues, On behalf of the SLA Executive Committee, I invite you to participate in this year’s Society for Linguistic Anthropology student essay prize competition for the bestundergraduate paper in linguistic anthropology. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR THE GRADUATE PAPER CONTEST WAS EARLIER THIS SPRING. THOSE INTERESTED IN THE GRADUATE PAPER CONTEST SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT CONTEST CYCLE IN SPRING 2012) The deadline for the undergraduate contest is July 30. The SLA will award a cash prize of $500, as well as $300