December 19, 2014 1 Comment Chad Nilep Anthropology News Columns ,

In the latest SLA column at Anthropology News Anna Babel discusses how being a near-native speaker of Spanish complicates the meaning of insider/outsider in her work in Bolivia.

Babel speaks a variety of Spanish associated with the rural lower class in Bolivia. She notes, “My manner of speaking means that it is easy for people… to perceive me not as speaking like a peasant but as being a peasant.”

Read the column here.