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Blog Profile / Linguistic Anthropology

Filed Under:Academics / Linguistics
Posts on Regator:56
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Archived Since:October 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Blog has moved to

Hi, this blog is basically defunct these days.  We have all moved over to the official website of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology at  If you are interested in being part of the larger conversation...Show More Summary

Top not-for-profit linguistic anthropology journals

There has been a recent flurry of discussion of for-profit versus non-profit publishing in anthropology, occasioned by a 29 August piece in The Guardian by George Monbiot. Blog postings at and Savage Minds (e.g. here,...Show More Summary

SLA Blog

New blog posts relating to linguistic anthropology are available at SLA Blog, the official blog of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology.Also check out the official homepage of Society for Linguistic Anthropology.

American Anthropological Association 2009 Annual Meeting

The American Anthropological Association will hold its annual meeting December 2nd through the 6th at the Philadelphia Mariott Downtown hotel in Philadelphia, PA. The theme for the 2009 meeting is "The End/s of Anthropology".Below is...Show More Summary

The Invention of Saying-things-that-don't-strictly-accord-with-empirical-fact

(Sorry for the long delay between posts. I'm writing up my dissertation research, which I will defend in a couple of weeks.)I recently enjoyed seeing the film The Invention of Lying. The film's premise is that in an world where all human...Show More Summary

Another political non-lie

I've been hearing an awful lot about health care reform in the US this summer - even from British outlets. It's all a bit disconcerting, especially the riotous town hall meetings and the arguments that seem unmoored from the More Summary

Who speaks Shoshone, and when?

A comment on last Sunday's Weekend Edition radio program inspired me to think about two questions. A participant in the Shoshone/Goshute Youth Language Apprenticeship Program (SYLAP) commented:Someone will step in. You can even bring in a white man to [run a business]. Show More Summary

What is a "white man"?

This morning Weekend Edition Sunday featured an interesting story on the Shoshone Youth Language Apprenticeship Program being held at the University of Utah campus this summer. Toward the end of piece one learner, a young Shoshone woman, described why she decided to forget about business school and instead study linguistics.Someone will step in. Show More Summary

Classifying click consonants

I'm sorry that no new content has been added here in month. It's not that I've stopped thinking about linguistic anthropology, it's just that I'm getting really close to completing a draft of my dissertation.In lieu of me saying anything...Show More Summary

Universities offering graduate programs in Linguistic Anthropology

Over the past few weeks I have received email from a number of recent or soon-to-be college graduates asking for my recommendations for graduate programs in linguistic anthropology. I assume that my post regarding Getting started inShow More Summary

LSA Ethics Statement and Blog

[This is a guest post by Claire Bowern, LSA Ethics committee member and blog co-webmaster]The Linguistic Society of America recently finalized and released a statement of professional ethics. The statement was approved at the May Executive...Show More Summary

Follow up: Not to split infinitives

As I promised last week, I have a slightly more elaborate analysis of two functions of negated infinitives. Recall that I experienced a very brief confusion during a speech by former Vice President Dick Cheney. Mr. Cheney said something like the following:1. Show More Summary

Reactions to Cheney's speech at the American Enterprise Institute (Part II)

In his speech at the American Enterprise Institute yesterday, former Vice President Cheney made the following suggestion.The intelligence officers who questioned the terrorists can be proud of their work, proud of the results, because...Show More Summary

Reactions to Cheney's speech at the American Enterprise Institute (Part I)

I had two reactions while listening to former Vice President Richard Cheney's speech about national security yesterday, 21 May 2009. In this posting I will describe a purely linguistic and fairly trivial reaction. I'll also have another,...Show More Summary

American Anthropological Association - new blog

The American Anthropological Association has a new blog, which is a very good thing. I think it must be difficult, however, to select topics and coverage broadly enough to satisfy a target audience as diverse as the AAA. Even if that...Show More Summary

Eggcorns and Fuzzy Spots

The term eggcorn was coined in 2003 by linguist-bloggers Geoffrey Pullum and Mark Liberman, and has spawned something of a cottage industry of eggcorn-hunters on the Web. An eggcorn is defined as "an idiosyncratic substitution of a word...Show More Summary

Respect for B.L. Whorf?

Benjamin Lee Whorf doesn't get much respect from linguists, at least in certain quarters. His notions of linguistic relativism - or just as often, notions attributed to him after the fact - are frequently refuted in popular texts on language and linguistics. Show More Summary

Getting started in anthropology

A few weeks ago I noticed that a lot of people who read Linguistic Anthropology are referred here by search engines. Often the search terms are something like "anthropology - getting started". I suspect that the search engines are directing...Show More Summary

I don't know, you know? Discourse markers and knowledge claims

Anyone doing work on discourse markers in English might want to look at Greta Van Susteren's recent interview with Bristol Palin. I find the use of the discourse markers 'you know', 'I don't know', and 'I guess' interesting, especially compared with the actual knowledge claims in the exchange. Show More Summary

When Speech Acts Collide

I recently had two experiences in which people -- college-aged individuals on or near a college campus -- used routine speech formulas in surprising ways.The first was relatively easy to explain. As I left my office, I smiled at a young...Show More Summary

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