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2006 - 2007

Fall 2006

Friday, September 1,11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Linguistic Technology Fest

Daniel Lefkowitz will demonstrate William Labov's new CD-based Linguistic Atlas of North America.

Demonstrations of other linguistics-related software/hardware are welcome as well.


Friday, September 15, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Reports on Summer Research

Angela Bennett on Language Ideology and Hungarian Language Teaching in Budapest.

Lydia Rodriguez on learning Chol in a Maya Village of Northern Chiapas.


Friday, October 20, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Fernando Herrero

"Printing Books and Standardization of Castilian in late 15th century.”

Suggested Reading

Milroy, James. 2006. "Language Change and the Speaker: On the Discourse of Historical Linguistics." In Cravens, Thomas D. (ed), Variation and Reconstruction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Pp. 145-163)


Friday, October 27, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Clare Dannenberg

We KNOW who we are!: The ethnolinguistic puzzle of Lumbee English syntax and the case ofbes."

Suggested Readings

Blu, Karen I. 1977.  "Varieties of Ethnic Identity: Anglo-Saxons, Blacks, Indians, and Jews in a Southern County." Ethnicity 4: 263-86.

Brewer, Jeutonne P. and Robert W. Reising. 1982. "Tokens in the Pocosin: Lumbee English in North Carolina." American Speech 57:108-120.

Montgomery, Michael, and Margaret Mishoe. 1999. "He Bes Took up with a Yankee Girl and Moved up There to New York: The Verb Bes in the Carolinas and Its History."  American Speech 74 (3): 240-281.


Thursday, November 2, 7-8:30pm (Brooks Hall Library)

David Samuels

"The Agenda of Ambiguity in Expressive Culture."

Suggested Readings

James Fernandez (and commentators). 1974. “The Mission of Metaphor in Expressive Culture.” Current Anthropology 15 (2):119-145.

Booth, Stephen. 1998. "Introduction." In Precious Nonsense: The Gettysburg address, Ben Jonson's epitaphs on his children, and Twelfth night. Berkeley: University of California Press. (Pp.1-21)

N.B.: Special time: 7:00-8:30pm.

Pizza and drinks will be served!


Friday, November 3, 1-3pm (Brooks Hall Library)

David Samuels

"Interrogative Genres"

N.B.: This is the anthropology department's colloquium.


Friday, December 1, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Nona Moskowitz

"The Life History of Phil Bellows: Referencing Self and Other on Chichijima."


Other Events of Interest

Friday, December 1, 3-5pm (Old Cabell Hall 107)

Deborah Kapchan

"Music in Performance Symposium: Intersections Between Performance Studies and Anthropology."


Spring 2007

Friday, January 19, 10:30am-12pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Mark Sicoli

"On Speech Registers in Oaxaca."

Friday, January 26, 10am-12pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Lise Dobrin (with Herb Ladley)

"Missionaries and Scholars: The Overlapping Agendas of Linguists in the Field."

Suggested Readings

  1. Pennycook, Alistair and Sinfree Makoni. 2005. "The Modern Mission: The Language Effects of Christianity." Journal of Language, Identity, and Education4(2):137-155.
  2. Two letters to the SSILA Bulletin: University of Texas. 2006. "Letter of Opposition to Adopting Ethnologue's Language Codes for ISO 639-3" AND Van der Voort, Hein. 2006. "Problems with the Ethnologue."
  3. Dryer, Matthew. "A Non-Christian's Defense of SIL." (.pdf, 19KB)

Handout (please bring to seminar)

 "Missionaries and Scholars" LSA Session Handout


Thursday-Saturday, February 22-24 (Charlottesville Omni Hotel)

Annual Meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania

Click for the list and times of all conference papers.


Friday, March 23, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

 Chantal Tetreault (.pdf, 28KB) (Assistant Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

"Social Personas at the Intersection of Styled and Quoted Speech: Cité Teens Performing T.V. Host Style"

Suggested Background Reading

Koven, Michele. 2001. “Comparing Bilinguals’ Quoted Performances of Self and Others in Tellings of the same Experience in Two Languages.” Language in Society 30: 513-558.

Draft of Paper to be Presented

Tetreault, Chantal. Social Personas at the Intersection of Styled and Quoted Speech: Cite Teens Performing T.V. Host Style.”


Friday, March 30, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Adam Harr

"Ideology and Speech Style in the Making of Lio Marriage"

Suggested Reading

Irvine, Judith. 2001. “Style as Distinctiveness: The Culture and Ideology of Linguistic Differentiation.” In Eckert, Penelope & John Rickford (eds.), Style and Sociolinguistic Variation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Pp.21-43)

Eckert & Rickford (eds) 2001


Friday, April 6, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Annick de Houwer (University of Antwerp)

"Healthy Bilingual Development: Attitudes are the Key"

Suggested Reading

King, Kendall and Lyn Fogle. 2006. "Bilingual Parenting as Good Parenting: Parents' Perspectives on Family Language Policy for Additive Bilingualism." International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 9(6):695-711.

De Houwer, Annick. 1999. "Environmental Factors in Early Bilingual Development: The Role of Parental Beliefs and Attitudes." In Guus Extra and Ludo Verhoeven (eds.), Bilingualism and Migration, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

De Houwer, Annick. In Press. "Reflections on Child Family Bilingualism: time to Focus More on Factors Promoting Harmonious Bilingual Development."


Friday, May 4, 11am-1pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Tom Bonfiglio (William Judson Gaines Professor of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, University of Richmond)

"On the History of the Native Speaker"

Suggested Background Readings

Bonfiglio, Thomas. (In press).  "Language, Racism, and Ethnicity."

Selections from the volume: Singh, Rajendra (ed), The Native
Speaker: Multilingual Perspectives. New Delhi: Sage Publications.

Singh, Udaya Narayana. “Introduction.” (Pp.11-25)

Dasgupta, Probal. “The native speaker: a short history.” (Pp. 182-191)

Kandiah, Thiru. 1998. “Epiphanies of the deathless native user’s manifold avatars.” (Pp.79-110)

Pattanayak, D. P. “Mother tongue: an Indian context.” (Pp.124-147)


Summer 2007

Friday, June 8, 12-2pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Discussion of Piraha Grammar, Design Features of Language, and the Dan Everett Controversy.

Suggested Readings

Everett, Daniel L. 2005. "Cultural Constraints on Grammar and Cognition in Piraha: Another Look at the Design Features of Human Language." Current Anthropology 46(4):621-646. (including commentary and author's response)

Bambini, Valentina, Claudio Gentili, and Pietro Pietrini. 2006. "Discussion: On Cultural Constraints on Piraha Grammar." Current Anthropology 47(1):143-145

New Yorker Essay (.pdf, 124KB)

Further Readings of Possible Interest

Nevins, Andrew, David Pesetsky, and Cilene Rodrigues. 2007. "Piraha Exceptionality: A Reassessment." 

Everett, Daniel L. 2007. "Cultural Constraints on Grammar in Piraha: A Reply to Nevins, Pesetsky, and Rodrigues (2007)." 

Stanlaw, James. 2006.  "Dan Everett Cries Whorf." Anthropology News April, 2006: 17.

Discussion on Linguist List

Dan Everett's Home Page


Friday, June 29, 12-2pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Peter Hook

"Why Rhyme? Basic word order, information peak, and the use of rhyme in traditional prosodies."

(A pre-presentation of a paper to be given at the annual conference of the Japan Society of Linguistic Sciences in July.)

Suggested Readings

ABSTRACT: "Basic word order, information peak, and the use of rhyme in traditional prosodies"

Suggested Links

 "Adaptations of Japanese Language to Rap"

"Rock Rhymes in Japanese Hip-Hop Rhymes"

Donegan & Stampe, "Rhythm & Synthetic Drift of Munda"


Friday, July 6, 12-2pm (Brooks Hall Library)

Lise Dobrin & Ellen Contini-Morava

"Discussion of Greville Corbett's Agreement."

Suggested Readings

Corbett, Greville. 2006. Agreement. Oxford University Press. (On reserve for Linguistic Anthropology Seminar at Clemons Library, 4th floor circulation desk.)

Also of possible interest: Corbett, Greville. 2001. "Agreement: Canonical Instances and the Extent of the Phenomenon."