The Highpoint Church Standing Ovation

Was #MeToo washed away in baptismal waters? There is a clip that has been circulating through both conventional broadcast and cable news programs in the United States, as well as on social media sites. It shows a sort of blandly handsome man, on the young side of middle age, garbed in a neutral preppy ensemble: […]

SLA Business Meeting Report

President’s Report  SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award This funds conference submissions beyond the AAA Annual Meeting, and provides travel reimbursement up to $500 per person/$4,000 annually. There will be a 2–3 year trial period. Please keep an eye out early next year for the 2018 Call for Proposals for 2019 conferences. Changes to SLA’s Temporal […]

Suspended Lives

Endangered minorities and linguistic pluralism in Italy In 1999, the implementation of act no. 482 finally created the opportunity to link linguistic minorities in Italy directly with local self-government. After the demarcation of their territories by the provincial councils, the linguistic minorities recognized by act no. 482 were granted the right to use their languages […]

The Storm after Maria

Puerto Rican Aftermath Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Puerto Rico is a colony. The tensions encompassed by these two facts were extremely clear in the federal response to Hurricane Maria. September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. That morning, at around 8:00 a.m., I texted the latest coordinates and predictions of when Maria […]

SLA at the Annual Meeting

SLA Invited & Co-Sponsored Sessions & Meetings Thursday, November 30 4:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m.  –  SLA graduate student paper contest: Semiotic processes across scale media, and voice – Omni, Cabinet 6:30 p.m.–8:15 p.m.  –  Taking Action in Troubled Times: Learning and Engaging with Shirley Brice Heath – Marriott, Balcony A Friday, December 1 7:30 a.m.– 8:45 a.m. –  Society for Linguistic […]

Here’s the Rub on the Dove Skincare Ad

The latest rendition of “sorry, not sorry” is not just topping the Billboard charts. It is also a public relations anthem about “missing the mark.” This time, Dove skincare is being accused of “tone deafness.” The ad, appearing on Facebook, drew widespread critique. It features a loop of images of three women, each wearing a […]

Bonnie Urciuoli’s Reflections upon Retirement

SLA Interview with Bonnie Uriciuoli   What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with?  Could you talk about the story behind writing it?   Or: What article or book was hardest for you to write, and why? These two questions have the same answer, “Skills and Selves in the New Workplace,” published in […]

Difficult Interpretations

As scholars of language and culture, linguistic anthropologists often find themselves mediating between different groups and across power differentials in the communities where we work. In this article, three colleagues highlight the linguistic and cultural complexities faced by indigenous Latin American immigrants to the US. In institutional settings, these “invisible” migrants find it difficult to […]