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Combatting Linguistic Inaccuracies in the Census

Last week, after years of urging, the Census Bureau released this statement: In response to concerns expressed by data user groups, the Census Bureau decided to eliminate the term “linguistic isolation” for data products  issued starting in 2011.  We have changed the terminology to one that we  feel is more descriptive and less stigmatizing. The […]

Marketing language abilities

Recently some scholars in language acquisition and education have posted links on Facebook to the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (henceforth CCFC), which is asking the US Federal Trade Commission to stop the company Your Baby Can Read (YBCR) from advertising its products. According to CCFC, YBCR sells a system that promises to teach […]

Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 21(1)

Journal of Linguistic Anthropology – Volume 21, Issue 1 – June 2011 – Wiley Online Library. Currently in Free Access Articles Textual Iconicity and the Primitivist Cosmos: Chronotopes of Desire in Travel Writing about Korowai of West Papua (pages 1–21) Rupert Stasch Commodity Registers (pages 22–53) Asif Agha What Goes Around . . . : Some Shtick from “Tricky Dick” and […]

Call for Section Assembly Meeting Registration Waiver Applications

The SLA is calling for applications for registration waivers for participants in next year’s Annual Meetings in Montreal. The SLA will have one waiver to allocate and can compete for additional waivers if they become available. The AAA’s registration waiver program provides registration and membership fee waivers for qualified scholars.  Qualifying scholars are: 1) individuals, […]

Call for Sessions: 2011 Annual Meeting of the AAA

Dear Linguistic Anthropologists, It’s that time of year again: The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) invites your submissions for the American Anthropological Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting, which will be held this year in Montreal, Quebec, November 16-20.  This year’s theme is: “Traces, Tidemarks, and Legacies”.  As this year’s SLA Section Program Editor, I am writing […]

Call for papers, AAA 2011: Language Contact

Forty Years After: Tidemarks, Legacies and Futures of Research on Language Contact This year marks forty years since the publication of Pidginization and Creolization of Languages. Edited by Dell Hymes, the volume has been foundational for research on language contact and creolization. Furthermore, in foreshadowing our intellectual engagements with the shifting realities of today, many […]

IP Addresses Not A Proxy For Language Ability

As Mark Allen Peterson wrote in his post on “Developing Expertise,” we have been having a discussion about the importance of bringing anthropological knowledge to the social web. For this reason I called upon people who follow me on Twitter (@kerim) to bring their anthropological expertise to the new question-and-answer forum, Quora. While there are […]

Second CfP: Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (January 31 Deadline)

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS *Please give widest distribution* Please note that the abstract submission deadline for this conference has been extended to January 31, 2011. THE 17TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE, INTERACTION, AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION University of California, Santa Barbara May 12-14, 2011 Presented by: The Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) Graduate Student Organization […]