Via Jocelyn Ahlers Hello – Thanks to the hard work of the SLA’s web team, we are able to offer what we hope will be a useful service to all presenters at the AAA who are planning to bring handouts and who would like an additional way to distribute those handouts to conference attendees. The SLA website will host a page with links to pdfs of the handouts of all presenters who are interested, so that conference attendees can download those handouts onto smart devices before or during the conference. If you would like your handout to be included, please
On behalf of the SLA Executive Committee, I invite you to participate in this year’s Society for Linguistic Anthropology student essay prize competition for the best undergraduate paper in linguistic anthropology. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR THE GRADUATE PAPER CONTEST WAS EARLIER THIS SPRING. THOSE INTERESTED IN THE GRADUATE PAPER CONTEST SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT CONTEST CYCLE IN SPRING 2013) The deadline for the undergraduate contest is June 30. The SLA will award a cash prize of $500, as well as $300 in travel reimbursement for the prize winner, in order to help ensure that they’ll be able to
Introducing myself, my work, and my ideas for digital content at SLA. I see the Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s digital content as serving essentially two audiences: Society members and a broader public. My goal as DCE is to continue the good work undertaken by the SLA in recent years and to carry it forward into the future. SLA members also have a role to play in digital content, contributing your knowledge and expertise.
The annual meeting in Montreal is less than a month away. Before you fill your dance cards completely, I wanted to let you know about the fine selection of student-focused panels the SLA and other sections have put together in continued attempts to make the large meetings fruitful for every stage of your anthropological trajectory. On behalf of the executive board, I am pleased to promote the invited panel “NEW VOICES IN ANTHROPOLOGY: THE SOCIETY OF LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY’S GRADUATE STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST” which will take place Saturday, November 19, 2011: 13:45-15:30. In lieu of our traditional single paper prize,
The Executive Board of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology is seeking someone who will serve as a member of the Nominations Committee of the SLA. The position is an appointed one, and the member of the Nominations Committee will work with the other members to advertise open American Anthropological Association positions that are designated for linguistic anthropology as well as open positions within the SLA. The Nominations Committee is responsible for proposing slates of candidates for the two kinds of elections. Members collect materials from potential candidates. Once slates are created, the members of the Nominations Committee submit candidates’ materials
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 for Monica and Niko, and warmest congratulations. Best wishes to all, Kit Woolard President, SLA
I’m pleased to announce the results of the recent balloting for SLA offices. Paul Kroskrity was voted President-elect, a two year term after which he will serve two years as President. Jillian Cavanaugh was elected to a second term as a member of the SLA Executive Committee. These terms will begin at the end of the AAA meetings in November. At that time, Norma Mendoza-Denton will step up from President-elect to President of SLA. Warmest congratulations to Paul and Jillian, and my thanks to them for being willing to serve in these positions. Thanks also to SLA members who agreed
From Jillian Cavanaugh (SLA Executive Committee Member at Large and organizer of this year’s competition): Dear SLA Colleagues, On behalf of the SLA Executive Committee, I invite you to participate in this year’s Society for Linguistic Anthropology student essay prize competition for the bestundergraduate paper in linguistic anthropology. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR THE GRADUATE PAPER CONTEST WAS EARLIER THIS SPRING. THOSE INTERESTED IN THE GRADUATE PAPER CONTEST SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT CONTEST CYCLE IN SPRING 2012) The deadline for the undergraduate contest is July 30. The SLA will award a cash prize of $500, as well as $300
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 phrase that will appear in all new products will be “Households in which no one 14 and over speaks English only or speaks a language other than English at home and Speaks English ‘Very Well.’” Why is this an important victory? Here’s the background.
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 of its insights and implications have entered into intellectual traffic with other fields and disciplines. The field of research charted by Hymes and DeCamp in their introductory remarks in the volume was as much concerned with questions of population flows, the linguistic and communicative continuities
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 to: Jade Sewa De La Paz (Brooklyn College CUNY) for her paper ““OMG, Guess What?!”: The Indispensability of Gossip in Community Building.” Both winners were given a spiffy framed certificate and $500, as well as $300 to cover travel costs to new Orleans to accept
At the 2010 annual business meeting of the Society for Linguistic Anthropoology, the Sapir Book Prize was awarded to Converting Words: Maya in the Age of the Cross, by William F. Hanks, published in 2010 by the University of California Press. Hanks holds the Distinguished Chair in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.
We are very pleased to announce the first of a series of new resource sites, Tools for Linguistic Anthropologists, a blog and archive for the latest information about audio, video, and other tools we use in our field: http://kit.linguisticanthropology.org/about/ The site currently includes articles by Mark Sicoli and Robin Shoaps and links to useful websites from Bartek Plitchta, Andy Kovolos, and the American Folklife Center. More articles and suggestions for links are very welcome. We are particularly interested in pieces talking about how you use particular equipment in the field. See Mark Sicoli’s piece on Video Recording for an example