In this opinion article, Chad Nilep suggests that empathy, informed by cultural relativism is necessary to help gun control advocates and foes understand one another’s positions and to work toward solutions to the problems of mass shootings and gun violence in America.
If a dog wore pants, would word meaning help us decide what they should look like? Using prototype theory and native speaker judgements, we find no clear, shared definition of the word ‘pants’. The results point to gradient understanding of meaning.
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 Society for Linguistic Anthropology invites submissions of graduate student papers for the 2016 Graduate Student Essay Prize.
Papers should be submitted by the deadline, Friday March 11, 2016.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Core Committee Established The SLA Committee for Language and Social Justice has now established its core committee, and is proud to welcome the new core committee members, Susan Blum and Hilary Dick. The Society for Linguistic Anthropology thanks Daniel Suslak and Patricia Baquedano-Lopez for their service on the LSJ committee. They have helped make the work for the LSJ Committee more visible […]
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 […]
AN News: “Linguistic and Local Peripherality: The Case of Chalmatians in Greater New Orleans” by Katie Carmichael (Virginia Tech)
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 […]
See below for a list of recent ethnographies on language socialization, which will appeal to educators and students of anthropology, particularly at the undergraduate level, as well as to readers with a general interest in linguistic anthropology. These titles were suggested on the LINGANTH listserv by members of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and to make additional suggestions, please email: email@example.com or […]
[Edit 9 December 2015] The SLA Committee for Language and Social Justice has now established its core committee. Individuals who are interested in participating in LSJ initiatives and campaigns may contact Netta Avineri firstname.lastname@example.org or Robin Conley email@example.com to be added to the google group list. The SLA Nominations Committee is currently seeking volunteers […]
AN News: “Indian Mascots: Naturalized Racism and Anthropology” by Bernard C. Perley (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Anthropology News Article The month of September ushers in another season of professional football. Native Americans across the country will have to endure yet another year of public humiliation. The professional football team from Washington DC continues to use their racist moniker with impunity. How is it, in the Nation’s capital, such a public display […]
See below for a list of recent ethnographies on language and gender, which will appeal to educators and students of anthropology, particularly at the undergraduate level, as well as to readers with a general interest in linguistic anthropology. These titles were suggested on the LINGANTH listserv by members of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and to make additional suggestions, please email: […]
A list of language-related panels and activities at the American Anthropological Association’s 114th Annual Meeting, November 18-22 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver
AN News: “Why You Should Consider Applying for a AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship” by Laura M. Ahearn (AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow)
Anthropology News Article Are you about to complete your PhD and want to do something other than become an adjunct? Or are you perhaps safely tenured but want to make a contribution in government rather than in academia? (“Ask not what your country can do for you…”) Or maybe you’re just curious and would like […]
The Fresh Air interview of David Thorpe and Susan Sankin makes me look forward to Thorpe’s film, “Do I Sound Gay?” But Sankin’s suggestions that women and young people’s speech is pathological leads me to re-read Robin Lakoff, Deborah Cameron, and Nelson Flores.
Word choice played an important role in Japan and South Korea’s agreement to support one another’s applications for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing. Japan’s Foreign Minister told reporters that ‘forced to work’ does not mean ‘coerced labor’. But that depends on what “mean” means.
Linguistic anthropologists are accustomed to exploring the way speakers create structures of relevance that provide directionality to social activity. Could we also say the same for listeners? Listening has the potential to generate a specific context by listening “in a particular way;” for example, when a mechanic is deciphering the semantic meaning of the sounds […]
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. The following 12 books have been […]