About the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) Linguistic Anthropology is the comparative study of the ways in which language shapes social life. It explores the many ways in which practices of language use shape patterns of communication, formulate categories of social identity and group membership, organize large-scale cultural beliefs and ideologies, and, in conjunction with other semiotic practices, equip people with common cultural representations of their natural and social worlds. If you are interested in studying linguistic anthropology, be sure to visit our directory of linguistic anthropology programs. The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) is a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). To join the SLA, pelase register via the AAA website. Membership entitles you to a complementary subscription to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. In addition to this website and blog, we also maintain several e-mail lists, organize academic meetings and award prizes for outstanding work in the discipline. See here for a list of officers and the by-laws of the SLA. If you’d like to contact the SLA, please use our contact form.
Elected Executive Committee Positions President Kathryn Woolard (2009-2011) President-Elect Norma Mendoza-Denton (2010-2011) Past Presidents J. Joseph Errington (2007-2009) Joel Kuipers (2005-2007) Leanne Hinton (2003-2005) Elinor Ochs (2001-2003) Susan Gal (1999-2001) Alessandro Duranti (1997-1999) Harriet Klein (1995-1997) Jane Hill (1993-1995) Richard Bauman (1991-1993) Judith Irvine (1989-1991) Paul Kay (1987-1989) Michael Silverstein (1985-1987) Marianne Mithun (1983-1985) Secretary-Treasurer Angela Reyes (2006-2012) Members at Large Paul Garrett (2010-2012) Jillian Cavanaugh (2009-2011) Appointed Positions Anthropology Newsletter Column Editors Mark Peterson James Stanlaw Journal of Linguistic Anthropology Editor Alexandra Jaffe (Editor-in-Chief) Paul Garrett (Associate Editor) Digital Content Editor Leila Monaghan SLA “Web Guru” Alex Enkerli Nominations Committee (2010-2011) Paja Faudree Chaise LaDousa Barbra A. Meek Section Program Editor Jocelyn Ahlers Core Members of the Committee on Language and Social Justice (2010-2011) H. Samy Alim Sonia Das Ana Celia Zentella SLA Graduate Student Representative to the AAA Lindsay Bell
Bylaws of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, a Section of the American Anthropological Association. (Adopted November 1984; amended by referendum October 2009.) ARTICLE I. Name 1. The Society shall be known as the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA), a Section of the American Anthropological Association, hereinafter referred to as the Society. ARTICLE II. Purposes 1. The purpose of the Society shall be to advance the study of language in its social and cultural context and to encourage communication of the results of such study. ARTICLE III. Powers 1. The Society shall be autonomous in all matters within its field that are not reserved by the Bylaws of the American Anthropological Association, inimical to the American Anthropological Association’s interests, or prohibited by law. 2. The Society shall have an elected President and Secretary-Treasurer and other elected or appointed officers as set forth in these Bylaws. 3. The Society is empowered to determine membership dues. 4. The Society shall determine voting requirements on all Society matters. 5. The Society may engage in publishing and program activities, appoint editors, committees and other agents, and set publication program policies appropriate to its purposes. 6. The Society shall adopt and maintain Bylaws or Rules of…
Prizes & Awards
Edward Sapir Book Prize 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. A committee appointed by the president of the SLA evaluates all submissions and choose prize winners. Winners are announced and prizes are awarded in even-numbered years at the SLA Business Meeting during the AAA Annual Meeting. Nominations for the 2010 Sapir Prize have closed. Books published in 2010 but not nominated for the 2010 award will be eligible for the next round of competition. Guidelines will be announced in 2011. Past Winners of the Edward Sapir Book Prize 2010 William F. Hanks, for Converting Words: Maya in the Age of the Cross. Honorable mention: Bernard Bate, for Tamil Oratory and the Dravidian Aesthetic. Honorable mention: Niko Besnier, for Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics. 2008 Asif Agha, for Language and Social Relations. 2006 Richard Bauman and Charles…
The Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA) is a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). To join the SLA, pelase register via the AAA website. Membership entitles you to a complementary subscription to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. You can also join some mailing-lists. More information can be found here.
The Journal of Linguistic Anthropology is a publication of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. The journal is published three times annually, in May, August, and December. The May and December issues appear in print as well as online; the August issue is online only. Submissions to the journal should be based on original research and should engage substantively with contemporary issues (theoretical, analytical, methodological, etc.) in linguistic anthropology and allied fields of study. Submissions should not exceed 9,000-10,000 words (inclusive of notes but not bibliography). Other kinds of submissions, such as critical essays, interviews, and commentaries, may also be considered for publication. All issues of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, from 1991 to the present, are available through AnthroSource and the Wiley Online Library. Elsewhere in this site, you can find instructions for submitting to the journal; subscription and ordering information; information about the journal’s editors and editorial board; and multimedia content associated with web-enhanced articles that have been published in the journal.
The editors of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology are Editor in Chief Alexandra Jaffe (California State University, Long Beach) and Associate Editor Paul Garrett (Temple University). The journal is managed through an online submission and editorial system, ScholarOne. Authors who wish to submit manuscripts should use this system. Any pre-submission queries should be sent to the editors at EditorJLA@gmail.com. Post-submission queries can be sent to the same address or through ScholarOne. Editors Alexandra Jaffe, Editor-in-Chief (California State University, Long Beach) Paul Garrett, Associate Editor (Temple University) Book Review Editor Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway (Oberlin College) Please send books to review to: Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway King 305 10 North Professor Street Oberlin, OH 44074 Editorial Board H. Samy Alim (UCLA) Bernard Bate (Yale University) Richard Bauman (Indiana University) Jan Blommaert (Ghent University) Mary Bucholtz (University of California, Santa Barbara) Steve Coleman (NUI Maynooth) James Collins (State University of New York, Albany) Joseph Errington (Yale University) Susan Gal (University of Chicago) William Hanks (University of California, Berkeley) John Haviland (University of California, San Diego) Kira Hall (University of Colorado) Jane Hill (University of Arizona) Katherine E. Hoffman (Northwestern University) Miyako Inoue (Stanford University) Elizabeth Keating (University of Texas, Austin) Paul Kockelman (Barnard College, Columbia University) Paul Kroskrity (University…
Information for Authors Submissions to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology should be based on original research and should engage substantively with contemporary issues (theoretical, analytical, methodological, etc.) in linguistic anthropology and allied fields of study. Submissions should not exceed 9,000-10,000 words (inclusive of notes but not bibliography). Other kinds of submissions, such as critical essays, interviews, and commentaries, may also be considered for publication. The Journal of Linguistic Anthropology follows the Chicago Manual of Style (14th edition, University of Chicago Press, 1993) for most matters of style (including hyphenation, capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, etc.), and Merriam-Webster’s Third Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition, 2000) for matters of spelling. For further details, please consult the American Anthropological Association Style Guide. The journal is managed through an online submission and editorial system, ScholarOne. Authors who wish to submit manuscripts should use this system. Any pre-submission queries should be sent to the editors at EditorJLA@gmail.com. Post-submission queries can be sent to the same address or through ScholarOne. Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12-point font for the main text as well as for quotations, excerpts, notes, references, tables, and captions. Margins throughout the manuscript must be at least one inch, and the right margin must not be justified. Submissions that require special fonts…
One of the goals of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology is to offer a robust set of online resources for the discipline. This page serves as a general directory for such resources, both on this website and elsewhere on the internet. In addition to what you see below, we hope to expand our resources in response to feedback from our members. On-site resources Our mailing-lists Web enhanced articles Directory of programs in linguistic anthropology Syllabi archive [coming soon!] Scholar directory [coming soon!] Elsewhere on the web Anthropology blog collection Language blog collection Open Anthropology Cooperative
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