AN News: “Difficult Interpretations: Linguistic anthropology and access to social services” by Rusty Barrett (U Kentucky), Hilaria Cruz (U Kentucky), and María Luz García (Eastern Michigan U)

August 23, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

Anthropology News Article Since 2000, any agency receiving government funding is legally obligated to provide clients with access to interpreters who speak their language. However, finding interpreters for indigenous languages can be difficult. Those of us who research languages from Mexico and Central America have become used to regular requests for help finding interpreters. Even so, cases where no adequate interpreter can be found often have dire consequences. A well-known example is the case of Cirila Baltazar (discussed in the second edition of Lippi-Green’s English with an Accent), a Chatino speaker who had her newborn infant taken away by the

Announcement of new JLA Editor

August 5, 2016 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, JLA, SLA

The SLA board has concluded its search and is pleased to announce that Paul Kockelman will be the next Editor of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, starting in November at the close of the 2016 AAA.  Many many thanks to outgoing Editor-in-Chief Alexandra (Misty) Jaffe and Associate Editor Paul Garrett for their years of editorial service for the journal.

AN News: “Interdisciplinary Collaborations around Language and Social Justice” by Jonathan Rosa (Stanford University) and Netta Avineri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)

July 27, 2016 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

In recent years, AAA’s Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) has generously supported a range of efforts intended to create interdisciplinary dialogues. In 2014, this support took the form of an Invited Colloquium at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), conceived of by then presidents of AAA and AAAL, Monica Heller and Aneta Pavlenko, respectively, and organized by Angela Reyes. Aneta also organized a related roundtable at the 2014 AAA meeting. Both the Invited Colloquium, “Conceptualizing Linguistic Difference: Perspectives from Linguistic Anthropology,” and the roundtable, “Dilemmas and Complexities of Multilingual Fieldwork,” provided forums for SLA members and

AN News: “Charting New Territory: The Intersection of Linguistics and Geography” by Catherine Lee (U Hawaiʻi Manoa)

July 26, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

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 Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, I organized a series of three sessions dedicated to linguistic geography, broadly defined. The presenters in these sessions (follow these links for abstracts for Session 1, Session 2, and Session 3) were a mix of human geographers, linguistic

SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service: Call for Nominations

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.  Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated.  Such work may be in any medium including but not limited to books, reports, exhibits, pedagogical materials/curricula, documentary films, newspaper or magazine articles, blogs, digitized or broadcast media, and lectures. Eligible work must have published, presented, or aired during

Cuz it ain’t in the dictionary

June 24, 2016 1 Comment Chad Nilep Teaching, Words , , , ,

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.

June 13, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns, Uncategorized

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 through informal science education in a science museum. In 2012, the Language Sciences Research Lab opened at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio. The lab is better known as the Language Pod, a research-in-real-time exhibit that consists of a glass-enclosed room

AAA/SLA election reminder

May 15, 2016 No Comments Chad Nilep AAA, Announcements, Positions, SLA ,

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 to Vote (from American Anthropological Association) 1. Click here to login using your AAA member login information. 2. Click on the “Vote Now” button on the right side of the page. 3. If you don’t see a “Vote Now” button click on the “My Information” link on

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 of biomedicalization, neoliberal markets for language practices, and new forms of mediatization—invite coordinated attention. Nevertheless, the epistemological commitments of scholars in both subfields have frequently resulted in forms of boundary work that impede fruitful exchanges and cooperation. In 2014, we began bringing together scholars who

SLA 2016 Undergraduate Essay Contest

April 17, 2016 1 Comment Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) Announcements, Prizes, SLA, Undergraduate Paper Contest

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 an award for a distinguished undergraduate research paper.  Selected winner will be awarded $500, a certificate of accomplishment, and a $300 travel grant to the AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, November 16-20, 2016.  In addition, the winning essay will be considered for publication in our

AN News: “Taking Full Accountability (but None of the Blame)” by Aaron Ansell (Virginia Tech)

March 14, 2016 No Comments aaron Anthropology News Columns, SLA Section News

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 represented a win for campus activists who through protests, encamped demonstrations, a hunger strike, and a historic strike of many football players, publicized the endemic racial injustice at Mizzou. Here I offer no comment about the protests, the injustices that motivated them, the culpability of Wolfe’s administration,

AN News: “Working at the Border of Sister Disciplines” by Anna Babel (The Ohio State University)

March 11, 2016 No Comments annab Anthropology News Columns

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 Interdisciplinary Engagement Conference Fund, which supports participation in conferences beyond the usual linganth venues. I thought we might kick this series off with a practical discussion of the most common, and most fundamental, disciplinary alignment in our field—the convergence and dialogue between linguistic anthropology and

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 Ethnological Society and the Society for Cultural Anthropology, as well as the Society for Psychological Anthropology, have long had either annual or biennial meetings, frequently held jointly with one or more smaller organizations that have collaborated to highlight a thematic focus especially rewarding as a

Oh, pants

January 21, 2016 No Comments Chad Nilep Folk Linguistics, In the news , ,

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.

Call for Nominations — Open until February 10, 2016

January 18, 2016 No Comments Diego Arispe-Bazán (SLA Web Assistant) AAA, Announcements, Positions, SLA

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 descriptions follow below: Secretary-Treasurer: The Secretary-Treasurer shall have charge of the records of the Society and shall submit a draft budget not less than sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting for the approval of the Executive Committee. Member at Large: There shall be