AN News: “Charting New Territory: The Intersection of Linguistics and Geography” by Catherine Lee (U Hawaiʻi Manoa)
Anthropology News Column When most people think about linguistic geography, if they think of it at all, they think of dialect atlases such as the Atlas of North American English (Labov et al., 2006). But linguistic geography has the potential to be far more than isoglosses and vowel shifts. At the recent American Association of […]
Tips on where to look for employment opportunities for graduates from linguistic anthropology programs. What advice would you add about considering, starting, or continuing a career in linguistic anthropology?
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SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service The submission deadline is October 15, 2016. Created and awarded for the first time by the SLA in 2014, this award honors an SLA member or members for work that effectively impacts public awareness of social issues involving language and communication and/or represents a significant service to a particular community outside of the academy. […]
This morning in my English composition class, composed mainly of Japanese speakers, I came upon another pitfall of relying on “in the dictionary” as a test of acceptability. The verb ‘ruralize’, which rarely appears in books published after 1940, is nevertheless present in bilingual dictionaries.
AN News: “Outreach and Engagement in a Science Museum” by Leslie C. Moore (The Ohio State University) et al.
Anthropology News Column In recent years, several sociolinguists have published accounts of successful integration of Outreach and Engagement into their research and/or teaching, including outreach to middle and/or high school students, university service-learning courses, and meaningful involvement of students in research as participants. We have found it exciting and effective to engage with the public […]
Just a quick reminder to the SLA membership that the AAA election deadline is May 31st. So if you haven’t already voted, please do so as soon as you can, particularly as there are two SLA positions on the ballot: secretary-treasurer and member-at-large. Just find the “Vote Now” button on the AAA website. Thanks! How […]
AN News: “Communicating Bodies: New Juxtapositions of Linguistic and Medical Anthropology” by Charles L. Briggs (U California, Berkeley) and Paja Faudree (Brown U)
Linguistic anthropology and medical anthropology are growth areas of anthropology, yet research across these two fields has been relatively limited. Recently medical and linguistic anthropologists have shifted from viewing language, medicine, and science as established objects to documenting the practices, discourses, and technologies through which they are produced. Important developments around the world—including the ascendance […]
Society for Linguistic Anthropology 2016 Undergraduate Student Essay Contest Deadline: June 30, 2016 Calling all linguistic anthropology undergraduates! Do you have a stellar research paper that you would like to share with the wider professional community of linguistic anthropologists? Submit to SLA’s Annual Student Essay Contest! Every year the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) confers […]
The Executive Board of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. The editorship is a three year term, beginning September 1, 2016.
Last year, in the midst of a campus mobilization led by Black students that rocked the U of Missouri (“Mizzou”), we caught a glimpse of a particular breed of non-apology, one anchored in Christian neoliberalism and felicitous of white privilege. I’m referring to the November 9th resignation speech of Tim Wolfe, former President of Mizzou. Wolfe’s resignation […]
Anthropology News Article One of this column’s areas of focus for the upcoming year is interdisciplinarity in linguistic anthropology. We’re excited to have contributions lined up from colleagues who are crossing disciplinary borders and collaborating with scholars in geography, agriculture, education, medicine and more. If you are an interdisciplinary scholar, please check out the SLA […]
Submissions are now open for the 2016 Edward Sapir Book Prize for 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. Submission Deadline: May 15, 2016
AN News: “A Proposal to Initiate a Spring SLA Meeting” by Michael Silverstein (University of Chicago)
At our recent SLA annual business meeting in Denver, I proposed to the Board and to the membership in attendance that we consider organizing a Spring meeting along the lines of the long-standing and very productive ones of other sections of the American Anthropological Association. Two of our sub-disciplinary “quadrant” (or “quintile”) counterparts, the American […]
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 […]