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UPDATE on SLA Edward Sapir Book Award

The following 16 books have been submitted and are now being considered for the Edward Sapir Book Award. Winner(s) will be announced to the SLA membership at the SLA Business Meeting on December 6, 2014.

Click on the cover images for more information about each book from the publisher’s website.


Barton, Bernadette.  2012.  Pray the Gay Way: the Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays. NYU Press.


Billings, Sabrina.  2014.  Language, Globalization, and the Making of a Tanzanian Beauty Queen.  Multilingual Matters.


Blommaert, Jan.  2013. Ethnography, Superdiversity, and Linguistic Landscapes: Chronicles of Complexity.  Multilingual Matters.


Cody, Francis.  2013.  The Light of Knowledge:  Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India.  Cornell University Press.


Danesi, Marcel.  2013.  The History of the Kiss! The Birth of Popular Culture.  Palgrave Macmillan.


Faudree, Paja.  2013.  Singing for the Dead:  the Politics of Indigenous Revival in Mexico.  Duke University Press.


Harkness, Nicholas.  2014.  Songs of Seoul:  An Ethnography of Voice and Voicing in Christian South Korea.  University of California Press.


Johnstone, Barbara.  2013.  Speaking Pittsburghese:  the Story of a Dialect. Oxford University Press.


Kockelman, Paul.  2013.  Agent, Person, Subject, Self:  A Theory of Ontology, Interaction, and Infrastructure.  Oxford University Press.


Larson, Jonathan L.  2013. Critical Thinking in Slovakia After Socialism.  University of Rochester Press.


Minks, Amanda.  2013.  Voices of Play:  Miskitu Children’s Speech and  Song on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.  University of Arizona Press.


Nevins, M. Eleanor.  2013.  Lessons From Fort Apache: Beyond Language Endangerment and Maintenance.  Wiley-Blackwell.


Stephens, Rhiannon.  2013.  A History of African Motherhood: The Case of Uganda 700-1900.  Cambridge University Press.


Underhill, James W.  2012.  Ethnolinguistics and Cultural Concepts: Truth, Love, Hate, and War. Cambridge University Press.


Yelle, Robert A. 2013.  Semiotics of Religion: Signs of the Sacred in History. Bloomsbury.


Zenker, Olaf.  2013.  Irish/ness is All Around Us:  Language Revivalism and the Culture of Ethnic Identity in Northern Ireland.  Berghahn.