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President Sullivan's Ouster: Anthropology & Linguistics Heads Join Campus-wide Outcry, Sign Letter of Protest

Fred Damon awarded 2012-2013 Sesquicentennial Associateship

— from Dionisios Kavadias

All but done with his work in Papua New Guinea, at long last Fred Damon will head to the region called Quanzhou in Fujian Province, southeastern China for the spring semester and much of the summer of 2013. Although he will be organizing anthropological research in contemporary communities, his project takes an historical problem for its raison d’etre.

Over the last 6000 years, Southeastern China has been the dividing line between what became the Austronesian world on the one hand and East Asia on the other. Over this period southeastern China has been perhaps the region’s most dynamic (at least this is what some of its inhabitants and scholars have told Damon!), generating and exporting people, ideas, and products. Damon hopes to...

2012-2013 Sesquicentennial Associateship awarded to Ellen Contini Morava

— from Fred Damon

Professor Contini-Morava, a Bantu language specialist, will take the spring semester of 2013 to pursue her longstanding interest in the cognitive, communicative, and cultural functions of noun classification systems in Mopan, a Mayan language spoken in Belize and Guatemala. She has been planning and conducting this project for several years working with her compatriot in linguistic anthropology, Eve Danziger, an expert on Mopan. The Mopan classification systems have some resemblances to those reported in other languages, but some features seem to be unique. Using collections of transcribed Mopan folktales and recordings, together with consultation with native speakers, she hopes to understand the role of the classification markers in discourse.

This is very important work. As many know...

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