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Wyoming Language, Culture and History Conference

We got so many interesting paper proposals that we have extended the conference for an extra half day so we could fit them all in. The Wyoming Language, Culture and History Conference now runs from Thursday, July to Saturday, July 3. See below a preliminary program.

Language, Culture and History Conference
Thursday, July 1 to Saturday, July 3
Department of Anthropology
University of Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming
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8:30-9:00 Coffee

9:00-9:10 Leila, Welcome to the Language, Culture and History Conference
9:10-9:30 Michael Harkin: Welcome from Anthropology Department: Hymes, Levi Strauss, and History
9:30-10:05 Michael Silverstein: Key Note Address
10:05-10:20 Audience Comments

Coffee Break/Reception 10:20-11:00

11:00-11:05 Leila Monaghan: How the Conference will work

Session 1: Native American Narratives and Music
1.1 11:05-11:25: Stacy Sewell, University of Wyoming, Warrior Narratives and Wind Rivers Basketball
11:25 Discussion

1.2 11:30-11:50: Anthony Webster, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Blackhorse Mitchell’s “Beauty of Navajoland”: Local Languages, Bivalency and the work of Navajo Poetry
11:50 Discussion

1.3 11:55-12:15: Jenny L. Davis, University of Colorado, Boulder (Linguistic) Diaspora in the Chickasaw Nation
12:15 Discussion

1.4 12:20-12:40: R. Timothy Rush, Christine Rogers and Burnett Whiteplume, University of Wyoming, Accessing History and Motivating Study through Music and Song
12:40 Discussion

12:45-12:50 General Discussion

Lunch 12:50-2:00 (Tentative Menu: Selection of Tortillas)

Session 2: Linguistic Ramifications of Colonialism
2.1 2:00-2:20: Jacqueline Messing, University of South Florida, Discourse Analysis and Ethnohistory: What Can Narrative Tell Us About Sixteenth Century Mexico
2:20-2:25 Discussion

2.2 2:25-2:45: E. Jennifer Monaghan, Brooklyn College, Culture, History, and the Acquisition of Literacy: The Experience of the Wampanoags of Martha’s Vineyard, 1643-1720
2:45-2:50 Discussion

2.3 2:50-3:10: Keisha Wiel, University of South Florida Perceptions on the Social Status of Papiamentu in Contrast to its Official Significance in Aruba and Curaçao
3:10-3:15 Discussion

2.4 3:15-3:35: Karenne Wood, University of Virginia,“The Language Ghost”: Linguistic Heritage and Collective Identity Among the Monacan Indians of Central Virginia
3:35-3:40 Discussion

3:40-3:45 General Discussion

Break 3:45-4:00

Session 3: Histories of North American Language Variation and Continuity
3.1 4:00-4:20: Rich Sandoval, University of Colorado, Boulder, Evidence for the Spanish Phono-Semantic Origins of
‘Cowboy’: The Linguistic Forging of the West
4:20-4:25 Discussion

3.2 4:25-4:45: Jennifer Schlegel, Kutztown University, Not Dead Yet: Examining the Life History of the Pennsylvania German Language
4:45-4:50 Discussion

3.3 4:50-5:10: Beth Simon, Indiana University Purdue University, Language and Survival In Michigan’s Keweenaw Copper Country
5:10-5:15 Discussion

3.4 5:15-5:35: Emily Weiskopf-Ball, French Frogs Don’t Die – They Croak Louder: The Long Road to Linguistic Equality in Ontario High Schools as Demonstrated by L’École Bilingue de North Bay
5:35-5:40 Discussion

3.5 5:40-6:00: Gloria Delany-Barmann and Carla Paciotto, Western Illinois University, Contesting Language Shift in the Rural Midwest: Developing Intercultural Identities and Voices in a Dual Language Program
6:00-6:05 General Discussion

Dinner: 7:30-9:30 at Leila’s House (Tenative Menu: Italian Bean Soup and Greek Salad, Selection of Breads)


8:30-9:00 Coffee

Session 4: Alternate Theories of Discourse
4.1 9:00-9:20: Stephen Chrisomalis, Wayne State University, Dynamic Philology and the Anthropology of Numerals
9:20-9:25 Discussion

4.2 9:25-9:45: Peter Grund, University of Kansas,“I verily believe that she is a witch”: Evidence, Evidentiality, and the Witness Depositions from the Salem Witch Trials
9:45-9:50 Discussion

4.3 9:50-10:10: Peter Haney, Colorado College, The “Barbed Wire” of Print: Transcription, Theory, and Representation in Documentary Editing and Conversation Analysis
10:10-10:15 Discussion

Break: 10:15-10:30

4.4 10:30-10:50: Alison Quaggin Harkin, Athabasca University, Constructing the Idiot Asylum: A Critical Analysis of Past and Present Discourses of Developmental Disability
10:50-10:55 Discussion

4.5 10:55-11:10: Lal Zimman, University of Colorado, Boulder, Language Socialization as a Life-Long Process: Gender Change across the Individual Lifespan
11:10-11:15 Discussion

11:15-11:20 General Discussion

11:20-1:00 Lunch (Tentative Menu: Sandwiches)

Session 5: International Perspectives on Changes in Language and Culture
5.1 1:00-1:30: Stephen Pax Leonard, University of Cambridge, Social and Linguistic Identity Construction in the North Atlantic: The Case of Iceland
1:30-1:35 Discussion

5.2 1:35-1:55: Elizabeth R. Vann, Brockton Public Schools, Linguistic Generations/ Linguistic Generation in Silesia, Poland: The Importance of History in Understanding the Observed Moment
1:55-2:00 Discussion

5.3 2:00-2:20: Madeleine Adkins, University of Colorado, Boulder, Will the Real Breton Please Stand Up?: Language Revitalization and the Problem of Authentic Language
2:20-2:25 Discussion

Break 2:20-2:35

5.4 2:35-2:55: Bernard Bate, Yale University, Bharati and the Tamil Modern
2:55-3:00 Discussion

5.5 3:00-3:20: Jessica Boynton, University of Western Australia, Wangkatha Language Ideologies: Perspectives on Australian Language Endangerment
3:20-3:25 Discussion

3:25-3:30 General Discussion

Break 3:30-4:00

4:00-5:00 General Discussion: Future of Language, Culture and History Studies?


8:30-9:00 Coffee

Session 6: Variations in Muslim Identity
6.1 9:00-9:20: Camelia Suleiman, Bryn Mawr College, Debates of Arabic Diglossia and visions of citizenship
9:20-9:25 Discussion

6.2 9:25-9:45: Susanne Stadlbauer, University of Colorado, Boulder, The Conflicting Constructions of Historicity in the Narratives of Female Muslim
9:45-9:50 Discussion

6.3 9:50-10:10: Anne Bennett, California State University San Bernardino, Heritage Arabic Learners in the Inland Empire, Southern California
10:10-10:15 Discussion

6.4 10:15-10:35: Inga Ghutidze, Ilia State University, Georgia, Toward the Pecularity of Lexical Borrowings in Ethnic Georgians Speech in Turkey
10:35-10:40 Discussion

10:40-10:45 General Discussion

10:45-11:00 Break

Session 7: American Sign Language History and Variation
7.1 11:00-11:20: Stormy M. Iverson, University of California, Los Angeles, A Historical Overview of Ideologies of Deafness
11:20-11:25 Discussion

7.2 11:25-11:45: Cindee Calton, University of Iowa, In Defense of American Sign Language: How the Need to Defend ASL’s Linguistic Status has Shaped Research on ASL
11:45-11:50 Discussion

7.3 11:50-12:10: Todd Corbett, University of Wyoming, A Personal History of the Recognition of Sign Language in Wyoming
12:10-12:15 Discussion

12:15-12:30 General Discussion and Farewells

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