Study the life and culture of the Highland Maya (Deadline: March 26, 2010)

March 10, 2010 No Comments admin Announcements

Ethnographic Field School in Highlan Guatemala 6 undergraduate credits in anthropology May 25–July 8, 2010 (two days on-campus, six weeks abroad) Maury Hutcheson, Ph.D. Program cost: $2,380 (includes roundtrip airfare) plus applicable VCU tuition[1] Based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, this six-week program will provide students with a comprehensive overview of Mayan indigenous life in Guatemala, past and present, including opportunities for individual and group research through participant observation, attendance at cultural events, lectures on selected topics, and excursions to museums and major archaeological sites, dating from the earliest days of the Olmec/Maya transition to the contact-era capitals that were toppled

Toyota and Japanese orthography

March 1, 2010 1 Comment Chad Nilep Uncategorized , , ,

A radio quiz program suggested that Toyota uses a character written with eight strokes, while Toyoda uses one with ten, and that eight is a more auspicious number. This is strange for at least two reasons.

It turns out that BBC News contributor Kathryn Westcott published an article last week addressing the question, “Why is the car giant Toyota not Toyoda?” which does a pretty good job explaining the apparent inconsistency.

CFP AAA: Circulating Discourses of Past and Present: Linguistic Anthropology and History

February 27, 2010 No Comments Leila Uncategorized , , ,

History traditionally was part of linguistic anthropology but in more recent years much of the focus of the field has been on close analysis of specific events rather than ideas of the past and historical patterns. This panel aims to bring many notions of history back into circulation within the field of linguistic anthropology and will explore the connections between language and history from multiple viewpoints. Papers already in the session include work on the ethnohistory of colonial Mexico and the history of linguistic anthropology. Papers should focus on analyses of language and discourse within an (ethno)historical context and the

An orphan by any other name…?

February 20, 2010 No Comments Chad Nilep Uncategorized , ,

I know very little about adoption practices in Haiti, and all I know about events in that country since the earthquake last January I have learned from the news media. Still, I wonder whether the thing that American missionaries call an orphanage is really the same as what most Haitians think of as an orphelinat. It appears that Haitian orphanages are quite different from my own image of an orphanage.

SLA Call for Invited Sessions

February 10, 2010 No Comments Leila Uncategorized

It’s that time of year again: The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) invites your submissions for the American Anthropological Association’s 2010 Annual Meeting, to be held in New Orleans, on November 17-21. As this year’s SLA Section Program Editor, I am writing to encourage you to submit invited sessions, volunteered sessions, and volunteered papers and posters so that we can have an exciting meeting in New Orleans this November. The theme of the 2010 Meeting is “Circulation.” I hope that you will consider orienting your panels to the conference theme, although you do not have to do so.

Code switching and language alternation

A colleague writes to ask:

I read your article ‘Code Switching’ in Sociocultural Linguistics. What I wonder is [why] you didn’t write something about the author Grosjean (1982, Life with Two Languages). He also used the term Code Switching as one of the first. And I can’t get the differences between ‘ language alternation’ and ‘ code switching’? Can you describe the differences?

These are excellent questions.

Web Guru Intro: Alex Enkerli

Now that we’re getting deeper into 2010 and some dust has settled, it might be a good opportunity for me to introduce myself to you.

My name is Alex Enkerli and I define myself as an “informal ethnographer.” My background is indeed in linguistic anthropology, at least in part, but I’ve been involved in a variety of other ethnographic fields including ethnomusicology and folkloristics.

Language, Culture and History Conference

Vedawoo Recreation Area
Language, Culture and History conference
Call for Papers, Abstracts due March 1

Official Website:

Department of Anthropology
Co-sponsored by the journal Ethnohistory
University of Wyoming
July 1-2, 2010

Potential Search for a Linguistic Anthropologist

January 23, 2010 No Comments admin Announcements ,

The Department of Anthropology at Georgia State University seeks nominations for a linguistic anthropologist at the rank of assistant or associate professor to join a university-wide and interdisciplinary research initiative on “Language and Culture.” The candidate’s research foci must include language acquisition and enculturation, communicative development in cultural contexts, and cross-cultural approaches to linguistic capacity, learning, and performance.

Grad student SLA representative to AAA Student Rep Caucus [Update: Found]

January 23, 2010 No Comments admin AAA, Announcements , ,

[Update: a student representative has been found] The AAA is creating a Student Representative Caucus and wishes to include representatives from the various sections. Although SLA does not have a student representative on it board, we’ve been invited to appoint a student to the caucus who is interested in representing our wing and communicating to other SLA students about the caucus’s and AAA’s activities. Please see the description below of the caucus’ makeup and activities, from its chair, Jason Miller. We have been given a very narrow window in which to nominate such a representative for this year. If you

Joint Call for Papers for Society for Linguistic Anthropology and Council on Anthropology and Education

January 12, 2010 1 Comment Leila Uncategorized , , ,

Charting Multilingual Confluences within Education Eric Johnson (ejj AT Building on the “Circulation” theme for the 2010 AAA meetings, the committee on Multicultural and Multilingual Education within the Council on Anthropology & Education would like to invite presentation proposals to be considered for participation on an “Invited” session panel. The general aim of this panel is to emphasize the multifaceted and dynamic nature of language within contexts surrounding education. The following questions represent potential avenues of inquiry for this session: 1. How do languages co-exist and circulate within a classroom, school, or district? 2. Are languages viewed in terms