Blog Profile / Linguistic Anthropology

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Archived Since:October 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Call for Nominations: SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service

The submission deadline is November 6, 2015. Created and awarded for the first time by the SLA in 2014, this award honors an SLA member or members for work that effectively impacts public awareness of social issues involving language and communication and/or represents a significant service to a particular community outside of the academy. Show More Summary

Anthropology News: On Being a Near-Native Speaker

In the latest SLA column at Anthropology News Anna Babel discusses how being a near-native speaker of Spanish complicates her role as insider/outsider in Bolivia.

AAA Executive Program Committee Call for Submissions

AAA 2015 Conference Theme: “Familiar/Strange” Casting common sense in new light by making the familiar seem strange and the strange seem familiar is a venerable strategy used across anthropology’s subfields. It can denaturalize taken-for-granted frames and expand the horizons of students and public alike. Show More Summary

Religious terrorism is sadly not unique

The January 7th attacks in France caused great sadness, anger, and fear. They also occasioned outpourings of support, and analyses of what went wrong. Some responses assert that religiously inspired terrorism is "unique" to Islam. Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian violence show that this is incorrect. Understanding religious violence requires careful analysis, not easy assertions.

SLA Nominations 2015

Dear SLA Colleagues, We are writing to encourage you to consider nominating yourself for one of two open SLA positions in the 2015 AAA elections. Our current President-Elect, Bonnie Urciuoli, will assume the office of the President at the end of this year. In addition a Member at Large, Jim Wilce, will also see the [...]

Everyday Language of White Racism in the news

A report on Fox News intimates that a course using Jane Hill's Everyday Language of White Racism is problematic. It is not clear from the report whether anyone at Fox News read the book.

Spotlight: Journal of Linguistic Anthropology

The Journal of Linguistic Anthropology is the primary publication of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology. This web site features a variety of information about the journal, and links to additional content from the American Anthropological Association and Wiley Online Library.

However, anthropologists do over-use some words

Annie Claus's essay, "How a professional writer improved my academic writing" at Savage Minds is quite useful. She counsels academics to resist overly long sentences, to vary the structure of paragraphs, and to reflect on each element of the paper and what it contributes to communicating the message. Show More Summary

Announcing the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize

Announcing the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize The Society for Linguistic Anthropology would like to invite submissions of graduate student papers for the SLA’s Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize. Papers should be submitted by the deadline, March 20, 2015. The winner and finalists will be invited to participate in an SLA-sponsored panel at the 2015 AAA [...]

Announcing SLA’s Annual Undergraduate Essay Contest

Want to make a difference with your work beyond your undergraduate transcript? Submit to SLA’s Annual Student Essay Contest! Selected winner will be awarded $500, a certificate of accomplishment, and a $300 travel grant to the AAA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 18-22, 2015. The paper will be considered for publication in SLA’s signature [...]

Edward Sapir Book Prize 2015 – Open for Submissions

Edward Sapir Book Prize 2015 Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015 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 [...]

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

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