Parsing natural language input to determine what is actually wanted by us humans is difficult, very much because so many contextual clues are buried within linguistic forms that are often quite indirect.
Teaching the context bound nature of linguistic meaning.
You can now register for the SAE Roundtable Luncheon on the AAA Meetings website. Tickets are $45, or just $15 for students. It’s a great opportunity to discuss topics of central importance in the discipline with other scholars, to contribute observations, and to ask questions, all while eating a catered meal together. The SAE Roundtable […]
Journal of Linguistic Anthropology special issue, “Racializing Discourses,” now available online! Misty Jaffe and Paul Garrett are very pleased to announce the publication of the first-ever online issue of JLA. (Further information about JLA online issues is available here.) Guest-edited and with an introduction by Hilary Dick and Kristina Wirtz, this special themed issue includes […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
January 5, 2011 David S. Johnson, Division Chief Housing and Household Economic Statistics U.S. Census Bureau 4600 Silver Hill Road Washington, DC 20233 Dear Mr. Johnson, Thank you for your Dec 22, 2010 response to our May 27, 2010 letter concerning the Census Bureau’s use of the term “linguistically isolated.” Speaking on behalf of the […]
By Mark Allen Peterson (MiamiU) Journalist Alix Spiegel’s feature story “When Did We Become Mentally Modern?” on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered in August 2010 raised a wide-ranging discussion on the Linganth listserv about the expertise of linguistic anthropologists. While a well-intentioned effort, its descriptions of language and semiotics were… simplistic—to be generous. The […]
From Jillian Cavanaugh, Brooklyn College, Chair of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology Student Essay Prize Committee The 2010 SLA Graduate Student Essay prize went to: Nicholas Harkness (University of Chicago) for his paper “Vowel Harmony Redux: A Binary Structure of Attribution in Korean and Its Ideological Framings.” The 2010 SLA Undergraduate Student Essay Prize went […]
SLA is pleased to announce that the following 24 titles have been nominated and are eligible for the Edward Sapir Book Prize 2010.
Mark Allen Peterson Miami University Circulation is the keyword of this year’s meeting, and it appears in the title of several of the more than forty panels devoted to language at the meetings in New Orleans next month. There are eight language panels on Wednesday beginning at noon with “Time and Language among the Maya.” […]
Leila Monaghan, SLA Digital Content Editor I wanted to use this blog to write about the opportunities that linguistic anthropologists have to get together in person, the many conferences that go on each year. The biggest annual get together is at the Society for Linguistic Anthropology business meeting and many sessions at the American Anthropological […]
This year’s AAA meetings have the highest number of registrants on record. As one of the student assistants on the Executive Program Committee, the level of interest was both reassuring and daunting. Last month, I traveled to Washington DC to the AAA offices to help with the enormous task of scheduling the academic program. It […]
On May 27, AAA President Virginia Dominguez sent a letter to the Census Bureau regarding its language questions and classifications, which you can find through AAA Challenges Questions on US Census and the AAA homepage. The letter was written by the newly constituted SLA Committee on Language and Social Justice, which partners with the AAA […]
All Society for Linguistic Anthropology members and anyone interested in language and culture issues is invited to join the Linganth E-mail list. The Linganth List was established in 1994 and has long been the main e-source for information and news in the linguistic anthropology community. You can join by clicking on the link for e-mail […]
CFP Volunteer Session AAA 2010: How We Formulate “Circulate-able” Selves: Introductions as a Social and Political Discourse Genre. Send to Nathaniel Dumas by March 15th, 2010.