Linguistic Anthropology at the Women’s Marches

The Women’s Marches around the world have become a news item because of their unprecedented size – characterized as the largest one-day march in American history, and just as significantly ignored in a White House press briefing the same afternoon. The turnout speaks to the symbolic power of individual bodies gathering in shared physical and […]

Language and Social Justice Committee Storify

This post is a summary of the Storify compiled by the Committee for Language and Social Justice following the AAA Annual Meeting.  You can find the original Storify here. At this year’s AAA Annual Meeting, the Committee for Language and Social Justice (LSJ) (part of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology) convened several panels and discussions […]

Rick Parmentier’s Reflection upon Retirement

SLA interview with Rick Parmentier What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with?  Could you talk about the story behind writing it? The principal argument of my paper “Diagrammatic Icons and Historical Processes in Belau” (American Anthropologist, 1985) was scribbled on a three-by-five card while in an ambulance taking me to the […]

SLA Business Meeting Report

SLA Business Meeting Saturday, November 19th, 2016 For the complete report, please see the slideshow linked below: sla-2016-report-slideshow President’s Report Report on SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award: Supported invited colloquium at AAAL by Jonathan Rosa, Netta Avineri, Susan Blum, Eric Johnson, Bernard Perley, Kathleen Riley, and Ana Celia Zentella: “Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, and Social […]

Top Five Section News

In the run-up to the holiday season we invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of our most popular content this year. You can catch up on the latest news from all AAA Sections on the AN website here. Happy reading and happy holidays… The Gap that Won’t be Filled by Netta Avineri, […]

Run, Hide, Fight

On campus violence, language, and the climate of fear. Monday was my birthday. I was taking a walk along the river near my house when my phone buzzed. I figured it was a birthday message, but instead it was a security alert from the campus emergency system. “Take cover,” it said. “Shelter in place, wait for […]

Detention, Disappearance, and the Power of Language

During the 20th century, military dictatorships in Latin America became notorious for kidnapping and torturing their citizens. Because many of those kidnapped never returned, family members began to name and denounce this repression as “disappearance,” coining the term los desaparecidos (the disappeared) to discursively highlight the systematic nature of this form of state violence. We are […]