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2015 SLA Prize Winners


The Society for Linguistic Anthropology was proud to award the following prizes at the 114th AAA Annual Meeting in Denver:

Sapir Award

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Performing Afro-Cuba: Image, Voice, Spectacle in the Making of Race and History. University of Chicago Press. (2014)


The Edward Sapir Book Prize was established in 2001 and is awarded 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. Beginning in 2012, the Sapir Prize has been awarded annually.

Graduate Student Essay Prize

PhotoSLAGradStudentAwardeesAndAlanRumseyIMG_6631SmallThe 2015 SLA Graduate Student Essay Prize Panel

From left to right: Alan Rumsey (representing, along with Frances Trix and Jim Wilce, this year’s judges), and the four honorees: Gregory Kohler (Honorable Mention), Lynnette Arnold (Honorable Mention), Andrew Carruthers (Winner), and Andrea Leone-Pizzighela (Honorable Mention).


AndrewCarruthers_ IMG_6728 Cropped (1)Andrew Carruthers (Winner), Yale, Advisor: Joseph Errington

“Between Affinity and Equivalence: Undocumented Migration, Commensuration, and Intrusive Phonosonics in the Indonesia-Malaysia Borderlands”



 Lynnette Arnold (Honorable Mention), Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara; Advisor: Dr. Mary Bucholtz

“Collective Remembering, Shared Imagining: The Chronotopic Creation of Transnational Togetherness”


GregoryKohler_ IMG_6729 Cropped (1)Gregory Kohler (Honorable Mention), University of California, Irvine; Advisor: Dr. Keith Murphy

“‘Gregory Dry’: Parody and the Morality of Brand”


s200_andrea_r..leoneAndrea Leone-Pizzighela (Honorable Mention), University of Pennsylvania; Advisor: Betsy Rymes

“Ideologies of Personhood: A Citizen Sociolinguistic Case Study of the Roman Dialect”


Undergraduate Student Essay Prize

KorinneDunn_ IMG_6724 copy (1)Korinne Dunn (Winner), Indiana University; Advisor: Kathryn E. Graber

“Binders Full of Regret: The Circulation of Blunders in US Presidential Politics”


KiraGreenberg_ IMG_6723 copyKira Greenberg (Winner), Vassar College; Advisor: Benjamin Smith

“#SixSeasonsAndAMovie: An Analysis of Fanfiction as a Form of Virtual Mediation of the Fan Community of Community

Margaret Tennis (Honorable Mention), Brown University; Advisor: Paja Faudree

“Russian to Conclusions: The Western Media’s Ideological Approach to Language in Ukraine”

Rose Underhill (Honorable Mention), U Mass Amherst; Advisors: Jacqueline Urla, Jonathan Rosa

“Traditional Speech and Alternative Culture: Intersections of Age, Class, and Persona in Baltimore (Hon)”



CONGRATULATIONS to these scholars for continuing to improve the field of linguistic anthropology!

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