Edward Sapir Book Prize 2015 – Open for Submissions

February 25, 2015 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, Prizes, Sapir Book Prize

Edward Sapir Book Prize 2015 Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015 The Edward Sapir Book Prize was established in 2001 and is awarded to a book that makes the most significant contribution to our understanding of language in society, or the ways in which language mediates historical or contemporary sociocultural processes. Beginning in 2012, the Sapir Prize has been awarded annually. Submissions are now open for the 2015 prize. The SLA invites books with conceptual and theoretical focus, as well as ethnographic and descriptive works. Single-or multi-author books – but not edited collections – are eligible. Books must have been published

Announcing SLA’s Annual *Undergraduate* Essay Contest

February 24, 2015 1 Comment Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Prizes, SLA, Undergraduate Paper Contest

Want to make a difference with your work beyond your undergraduate transcript? Submit to SLA’s Annual Student Essay Contest! Selected winner will be awarded $500, a certificate of accomplishment, and a $300 travel grant to the AAA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 18-22, 2015. The paper will be considered for publication in SLA’s signature journal, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. Submit an original sole-author work based on your own research while in an undergraduate degree-granting program. Submissions must be submitted no more than 2 years since written and never have been published or submitted for publication. Essays will be judged

Announcing the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize

February 23, 2015 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Graduate Paper Contest, Prizes, SLA, SLA Section News

Announcing the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize The Society for Linguistic Anthropology would like to invite submissions of graduate student papers for the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize. Papers should be submitted by the deadline, March 20, 2015. The winner and finalists will be invited to participate in an SLA-sponsored panel at the 2015 AAA meetings in Denver, along with this year’s competition judges (names TBA). The winner will receive a $500 prize and a grant of up to $300 to cover expenses for travel to the AAA meeting to accept the award. Eligibility: In order to be eligible for

However, anthropologists do over-use some words

February 20, 2015 No Comments Chad Nilep Words , , ,

Annie Claus’s essay, “How a professional writer improved my academic writing” at Savage Minds is quite useful. She counsels academics to resist overly long sentences, to vary the structure of paragraphs, and to reflect on each element of the paper and what it contributes to communicating the message. I differ with Claus, however, in cautioning against a particular set of words. At the risk of being labeled a positivist, I’ve compared the frequency of “insipid grammatical markers” in American Anthropologist, the Corpus of Contemporary American English, and the work of Joan Didion. The results, to paraphrase an academic writing cliche, are a bit more complicated.