Tweet-and-Storify about Language and Social Justice at AAA 2016

November 1, 2016 No Comments aaron AAA, Announcements

Overview The Society for Linguistic Anthropology Committee on Language & Social Justice (LSJ) will be organizing social media artifacts (tweets, Instagram posts, etc.) into a curated Storify (https://storify.com/) resulting from several events (panels, roundtables, meetings) during the AAA 2016 conference in Minneapolis[1]. Organizers Netta Avineri (navineri@gmail.com) Hilary Dick (dickh@arcadia.edu) Mariam Durrani (mdurrani@gmail.com) Kate Riley (kriley1125@gmail.com) We are currently recruiting several LSJ members and other interested parties to act as social media respondents at the conference. These “designated tweeters” will sign up to attend specific AAA events relevant to the Language and Social Justice Committee’s work including:     (i)   

Language and Social Justice Task Force events at #AAA2016

Please see below a list of events that the Language and Social Justice Task Force is sponsoring and/or participating in at this year’s AAAs in Minneapolis. We hope to see you all there! If you are involved in a panel or event that you think would be of interest to LSJ members, send an email to Robin (conleyr@marshall.edu). Best, The LSJ Core Members 1. Language and Social Justice Task Force Meeting Saturday, Nov. 19, 12:15-1:30 pm All are welcome!! 2. SLA Presidential Conversation on Multilingual Education and Social Justice Thursday, November 17, 12:15-1:30 pm Patricia Baquedano-Lopez Mexican and Central American

AN News: “SLA at the 2016 AAA Meeting” by Aaron Ansell and Anna Babel

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) panels and other events at the upcoming AAA Annual Meeting (November 16-20 in Minneapolis,MN) promise to be exciting ones. Below is a schedule of these events with links to the Full Program on the AAA website. Wednesday, November 16th 2:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Affect, Identity, and Language Ideologies (2-0145) Blank Faces (2-0170) Prayer, Poverty, and Song: Cultivating Religious Sound in a Secular World(2-0225) 4:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Discourses of Power and the Politics of Discourse (2-0380) Media and the Movement of Language (2-0415) Sticks and Stones: Struggle in Discourse (2-0330)   Thursday, November 17th 12:15 p.m.-1:30

Last Call: Nominations for Public Outreach Award (Oct 15)

September 12, 2016 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Award for Public Outreach and Community Service, Prizes, SLA

SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service: Call for Nominations The submission deadline is October 15, 2016. Created and awarded for the first time by the SLA in 2014, this award honors an SLA member or members for work that effectively impacts public awareness of social issues involving language and communication and/or represents a significant service to a particular community outside of the academy.  Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated.  Such work may be in any medium including but not limited to books, reports, exhibits, pedagogical materials/curricula, documentary films, newspaper or magazine articles, blogs, digitized or broadcast media, and lectures. Eligible work must have published, presented,

AN News: “The Gap That Won’t Be Filled: An anthropolitical critique of the ‘Language Gap'” by Avineri et. al.

August 29, 2016 1 Comment annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Article Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey), Susan D. Blum (U of Notre Dame), Eric Johnson (Washington State U Tri-Cities), Kathleen C. Riley (Rutgers U), and Ana Celia Zentella (UC San Diego) Is language responsible for poverty? If poor and minority parents spoke like rich white parents, would they too become rich and successful? That’s the impression one gets from the now-familiar discourse about the language gap (or word gap, or 30 million-word gap) between children (of color) on welfare and children of professional (white) parents. This notion of a language gap is based on

AN News: “Difficult Interpretations: Linguistic anthropology and access to social services” by Rusty Barrett (U Kentucky), Hilaria Cruz (U Kentucky), and María Luz García (Eastern Michigan U)

August 23, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Article Since 2000, any agency receiving government funding is legally obligated to provide clients with access to interpreters who speak their language. However, finding interpreters for indigenous languages can be difficult. Those of us who research languages from Mexico and Central America have become used to regular requests for help finding interpreters. Even so, cases where no adequate interpreter can be found often have dire consequences. A well-known example is the case of Cirila Baltazar (discussed in the second edition of Lippi-Green’s English with an Accent), a Chatino speaker who had her newborn infant taken away by the

AN News: “Interdisciplinary Collaborations around Language and Social Justice” by Jonathan Rosa (Stanford University) and Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

July 27, 2016 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

In recent years, AAA’s Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) has generously supported a range of efforts intended to create interdisciplinary dialogues. In 2014, this support took the form of an Invited Colloquium at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), conceived of by then presidents of AAA and AAAL, Monica Heller and Aneta Pavlenko, respectively, and organized by Angela Reyes. Aneta also organized a related roundtable at the 2014 AAA meeting. Both the Invited Colloquium, “Conceptualizing Linguistic Difference: Perspectives from Linguistic Anthropology,” and the roundtable, “Dilemmas and Complexities of Multilingual Fieldwork,” provided forums for SLA members and

AN News: “Charting New Territory: The Intersection of Linguistics and Geography” by Catherine Lee (U Hawaiʻi Manoa)

July 26, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Column When most people think about linguistic geography, if they think of it at all, they think of dialect atlases such as the Atlas of North American English (Labov et al., 2006). But linguistic geography has the potential to be far more than isoglosses and vowel shifts. At the recent American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, I organized a series of three sessions dedicated to linguistic geography, broadly defined. The presenters in these sessions (follow these links for abstracts for Session 1, Session 2, and Session 3) were a mix of human geographers, linguistic

AN News: “Outreach and Engagement in a Science Museum” by Leslie C. Moore (The Ohio State University) et al.

June 13, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns, Uncategorized

Anthropology News Column In recent years, several sociolinguists have published accounts of successful integration of Outreach and Engagement into their research and/or teaching, including outreach to middle and/or high school students, university service-learning courses, and meaningful involvement of students in research as participants. We have found it exciting and effective to engage with the public through informal science education in a science museum. In 2012, the Language Sciences Research Lab opened at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio. The lab is better known as the Language Pod, a research-in-real-time exhibit that consists of a glass-enclosed room

AAA/SLA election reminder

May 15, 2016 No Comments Chad Nilep AAA, Announcements, Positions, SLA ,

Just a quick reminder to the SLA membership that the AAA election deadline is May 31st.  So if you haven’t already voted, please do so as soon as you can, particularly as there are two SLA positions on the ballot: secretary-treasurer and member-at-large.  Just find the “Vote Now” button on the AAA website. Thanks! How to Vote (from American Anthropological Association) 1. Click here to login using your AAA member login information. 2. Click on the “Vote Now” button on the right side of the page. 3. If you don’t see a “Vote Now” button click on the “My Information” link on

AN News: “Communicating Bodies: New Juxtapositions of Linguistic and Medical Anthropology” by Charles L. Briggs (U California, Berkeley) and Paja Faudree (Brown U)

Linguistic anthropology and medical anthropology are growth areas of anthropology, yet research across these two fields has been relatively limited. Recently medical and linguistic anthropologists have shifted from viewing language, medicine, and science as established objects to documenting the practices, discourses, and technologies through which they are produced. Important developments around the world—including the ascendance of biomedicalization, neoliberal markets for language practices, and new forms of mediatization—invite coordinated attention. Nevertheless, the epistemological commitments of scholars in both subfields have frequently resulted in forms of boundary work that impede fruitful exchanges and cooperation. In 2014, we began bringing together scholars who

AN News: “Taking Full Accountability (but None of the Blame)” by Aaron Ansell (Virginia Tech)

March 14, 2016 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

Last year, in the midst of a campus mobilization led by Black students that rocked the U of Missouri (“Mizzou”), we caught a glimpse of a particular breed of non-apology, one anchored in Christian neoliberalism and felicitous of white privilege. I’m referring to the November 9th resignation speech of Tim Wolfe, former President of Mizzou. Wolfe’s resignation represented a win for campus activists who through protests, encamped demonstrations, a hunger strike, and a historic strike of many football players, publicized the endemic racial injustice at Mizzou. Here I offer no comment about the protests, the injustices that motivated them, the culpability of Wolfe’s administration,

AN News: “Working at the Border of Sister Disciplines” by Anna Babel (The Ohio State University)

March 11, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Article One of this column’s areas of focus for the upcoming year is interdisciplinarity in linguistic anthropology. We’re excited to have contributions lined up from colleagues who are crossing disciplinary borders and collaborating with scholars in geography, agriculture, education, medicine and more.  If you are an interdisciplinary scholar, please check out the SLA Interdisciplinary Engagement Conference Fund, which supports participation in conferences beyond the usual linganth venues. I thought we might kick this series off with a practical discussion of the most common, and most fundamental, disciplinary alignment in our field—the convergence and dialogue between linguistic anthropology and

AN News: “A Proposal to Initiate a Spring SLA Meeting” by Michael Silverstein (University of Chicago)

At our recent SLA annual business meeting in Denver, I proposed to the Board and to the membership in attendance that we consider organizing a Spring meeting along the lines of the long-standing and very productive ones of other sections of the American Anthropological Association. Two of our sub-disciplinary “quadrant” (or “quintile”) counterparts, the American Ethnological Society and the Society for Cultural Anthropology, as well as the Society for Psychological Anthropology, have long had either annual or biennial meetings, frequently held jointly with one or more smaller organizations that have collaborated to highlight a thematic focus especially rewarding as a

Call for Nominations — Open until February 10, 2016

January 18, 2016 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Positions, SLA

Dear SLA Colleagues, Greetings!  We are writing to encourage you to consider nominating yourself for one of two open SLA positions in the 2016 AAA elections. If you are interested in AAA governance or developing leadership within linguistic anthropology, please consider participating in the SLA’s Executive Committee by running for one of these two offices.  The descriptions follow below: Secretary-Treasurer: The Secretary-Treasurer shall have charge of the records of the Society and shall submit a draft budget not less than sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting for the approval of the Executive Committee. Member at Large: There shall be

SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Conference Fund CFP & Application

December 16, 2015 3 Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Call for Sessions, Events, SLA

Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Conference Fund Call for Proposals Deadline: October 1, 2016 for 2017 Conferences SLA announces an initiative to fund conference submissions promoting the dissemination of activist linguistic anthropology work at venues beyond the AAA Meetings, in order to promote collaboration across subdisciplinary and disciplinary boundaries. For example, SLA has supported two special colloquia on linguistic anthropology and social justice at the 2014 and 2016 American Association of Applied Linguistics conferences, although support is not limited to AAAL or Linguistics-specific conferences. Up to $500 per presenter for up to eight presenters, for reimbursement of conference travel expenses is available,

AN News: “(Not) Talking about Unmentionable Symptoms” by Christine Labuski (Virginia Tech)

December 15, 2015 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

How do I tell my health care provider about a pain that I can’t name? How are symptoms experienced when they emerge from a part of the body for which most sufferers literally have no words? These questions framed my fieldwork with women who experienced vulvar pain (vulvodynia); women for whom vaginal penetrative sex, sitting down for extended periods, and wearing jeans were intolerable activities, and for whom the words vulva and labia were rendered unavailable by their socially disruptive nature. While my primary orientation toward these patients was medical, it was impossible for me to ignore the ways that language—and (lack of) access

New Issue Alert: Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (December 2015)

December 14, 2015 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, JLA, SLA

Volume 25, Issue 3 Pages 239–364 Articles Inscribing the Miraculous Place: Writing and Ritual Communication in the Chapel of a Guatemalan Popular Saint (pages 239–255) Timothy W. Knowlton Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jola.12100 Abstract Article PDF(875K) References Request Permissions   Communicating and Hand(ling) Technologies. Everyday Life in Educational Settings Where Pupils With Cochlear Implants Are Mainstreamed (pages 256–284) Ingela Holmström, Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta and Rickard Jonsson Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jola.12097 Swedish Sign Language Video Abstract: https://youtu.be/Qp_fc5GzoOM International Sign-System Video Abstract: https://youtu.be/im1QwiW8_jI Abstract Article PDF(1031K) References Request Permissions   “What do

2015 SLA Prize Winners

December 4, 2015 1 Comment Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Graduate Paper Contest, Prizes, Sapir Book Prize, SLA, Undergraduate Paper Contest

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology was proud to award the following prizes at the 114th AAA Annual Meeting in Denver: ♦ Sapir Award Kristina Wirtz for Performing Afro-Cuba: Image, Voice, Spectacle in the Making of Race and History. University of Chicago Press. (2014) 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. ♦ Graduate Student Essay Prize The 2015

AN News: “Linguistic and Local Peripherality: The Case of Chalmatians in Greater New Orleans” by Katie Carmichael (Virginia Tech)

November 16, 2015 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Article In Greater New Orleans, there is an enregistered (Agha 2003) dialect of English that sounds similar to New York City English, making it stand out within the linguistic landscape of the American South. This dialect is associated with the white, working class residents of New Orleans, and is imbued with the sorts of low status, high solidarity associations so many nonstandard regional dialects possess—speakers are framed as “uneducated” and “lazy,” but also “fun-loving” (Greenfield 1994; Starnes 1994; Coles 1997). Examining commercial and parodic memes circulating on the Internet reveals a pattern to the negative versus positive framing