Language, Culture and History Conference

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

Official Website: http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/anthropology/info.asp?p=19234


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 tricity.wsu.edu) 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

A quick overview of sign languages

January 5, 2010 4 Comments Leila Uncategorized

Basic Background:

Sign languages are different from both spoken languages and from each other. There is no universal sign language. Because Deaf people can’t hear the spoken language of the country, a sign language like American Sign Language has a different grammar from spoken language. It is also different from other sign languages—even British Sign Language—because of the separate histories of American and British Deaf communities. Sign languages are also not spelled out words, although fingerspelling can be used if you want to translate a written words like the name of an unfamiliar town into sign language.

Constructed languages on film

December 19, 2009 4 Comments Chad Nilep Uncategorized ,

According to Ben Zimmer, various aliens in Star Wars spoke Quechua, one of the most widely spoken indigenous languages in South America, and Haya, a Bantu language spoken in Tanzania.
The new film Avatar features Na’vi, a constructed language said to “out-Klingon Klingon.”

Call for submissions for the Sapir Prize (2010)

December 14, 2009 No Comments admin Announcements, SLA

The Edward Sapir Book Prize was established in 2001 and is awarded in alternate years 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. 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 in 2008, 2009, or 2010 to be eligible. Any given book is eligible only in one biennial round of competition. Three copies of books submitted

Monkey Grammar?

December 13, 2009 No Comments Leila Uncategorized , , ,

An article passed on by Ken Ehrensal from the New York Times on Campbell’s monkeys having grammar. The grammar is pretty simple but looks like it might be more complex than Vervet monkeys’ efforts. [Link to article.] The full length article it is based on can be found here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0007808 and discusses the flexibility of monkey calls and the different kinds of calls including “hok” “hok-oo” and “boom.”  Some audio clips accompany the article.

Tell us about your program!

December 8, 2009 2 Comments kerim Announcements

One of the new website features we are very excited about is the new Program Directory. We hope this will become the most reliable place on the internet to learn about colleges, graduate schools and summer programs offering courses in linguistic anthropology. But this directory won’t build itself! If you teach or study linguistic anthropology, take a moment to go to our submission form and let us know about your program. Thank you!

Still learning from Dell Hymes

December 8, 2009 No Comments Chad Nilep AAA

I was particularly moved by a memorial at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association for Dell Hymes. Hymes founded the ethnography of speaking, developed the concept of communicative competence, and pioneered the study of ethnopoetics.

The AAA Meetings were a great success

December 7, 2009 1 Comment Leila Uncategorized , , ,

Welcome back home! The Philadelphia meetings were a great success and it was wonderful to see so many old friends and colleagues. The Society for Linguistic Anthropology meeting was standing room only. The SLA organization as a whole is very healthy with an expanding journal and more sessions this year than last year, including four invited sessions. This updated website was enthusiastically received by the membership. Now is the time, though, to convert enthusiasm into words and actions…Please submit summaries of your sessions, news about your recent books and publications, essays on questions important to language and culture or other

15th ANNUAL CONFERENCE on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization University of California, Santa Barbara May 14-16, 2009*

May 7, 2009 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, SLA

Conference Announcement, Conference Registration Now Open 15th ANNUAL CONFERENCE on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization University of California, Santa Barbara May 14-16, 2009* The annual conference promotes interdisciplinary research and discussion in the analysis of naturally occurring human interaction. Papers will be presented by national and international scholars on a variety of topics in the study of language, interaction, and culture. The papers primarily employ analysis of naturally occurring data drawing from methodologies that include conversation analysis, discourse analysis, ethnographic methods, ethnomethodology, interactional linguistics, and interactional sociolinguistics. 2009 Plenary Speakers: Amy Kyratzis Education, University of California, Santa Barbara Lourdes de

Student Paper Prizes in Linguistic Anthropology Competitions for both Graduate and Undergraduate Students

April 19, 2009 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, SLA

The Society for Linguistic Anthropology announces a competition for Outstanding Paper by a Student, one each at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  To be eligible for this award, an applicant must have been either a graduate or undergraduate (in a degree-granting program) when the paper was written, must be the sole author of the paper, and must submit the paper no more than two years after it was written. The paper should be an original work, based on research conducted by the author.  It will be evaluated on the basis of its clarity, significance to the field, and substantive contribution.

AAA 2009: SLA Call for Invited Sessions

February 6, 2009 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, SLA

Dear Linguistic Anthropologists, It’s that time of year again:  The Society of Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) invites your submissions for the American Anthropological Association’s 108th Annual Meeting, to be held in Philadelphia, PA, on December 2-6, 2009.  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 Philadelphia this December.  The theme of the 2009 Meeting is “The End/s of Anthropology.”  I hope that you will consider orienting your panels to the conference theme (see below), although you