From the American Anthropological Association blog we learn that the 100 articles most downloaded from Anthrosource during 2012 will be ungated for the summer. Anyone interested can read the articles on the Wiley Online Library during this period. The Top 100 list includes a number of terrific articles related to linguistic anthropology.
By Mark Allen Peterson (MiamiU) Journalist Alix Spiegel’s feature story “When Did We Become Mentally Modern?” on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered in August 2010 raised a wide-ranging discussion on the Linganth listserv about the expertise of linguistic anthropologists. While a well-intentioned effort, its descriptions of language and semiotics were… simplistic—to be generous. The story claimed human language was “entirely composed of these arbitrary symbols”—even when many of the examples used were non-arbitrary indexes. Spiegel did interview an anthropologist—Dr. Allison S. Brooks of George Washington University, a respected paleoanthropologist who often contributes to debates on when homo sapiens originated.
On behalf of the SLA Executive Committee and the JLA editorship, I’m very pleased to announce the appointment of the incoming JLA editorial team for the term of January 2011 through December 2013. Alexandra (Misty) Jaffe, Professor of Linguistics at Cal State University, Long Beach, will serve as Editor. Misty brings to the position 6 years of experience as Co-editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Linguistics and Education. Paul Garrett, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Temple University, will serve as Associate Editor. I thank Misty and Paul for agreeing to take on these duties. I also want to thank our