1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Linguistics

Sicoli

My research trajectory has grown from an interdisciplinary education in anthropology and linguistics along with my fascination with the place of language in human sociality. This has led me to develop methods of multimodal interaction and video analysis of embodied interaction within my ethnographic and documentary work, and also to develop historical linguistic methods bearing on the study of prehistory.

Wayt

My research centers on efforts to document and revitalize the Dakota language at Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota. Like most Native American languages, Dakota is highly endangered, with approximately 500 remaining speakers in a population of more than 20,000 people. I have the privilege of participating in efforts to revitalize Dakota in two primary ways. On the one hand, I document playful and poetic genres of speech, which are often neglected in documentary research.

Rigney

I come from a background working on the E-MELD team on Linguist List, which aimed to establish and disseminate consensus about standards of best practice for digital language documentation, and linguistic fieldwork first in Argentina, then in Australia. Over the years, my focus has shifted from language documentation and description to the ethnography of language documentation - that is, the study of what documentary linguists do when they're in the field.

Eisenstein

My dissertation project is an ethnography of pregnancy in Mbarara, Uganda, a fast-growing city of some 60,000 people in southwestern Uganda. Two earlier researches studied: 1) the politics of memory and place in a post-industrial city in the mid-Atlantic US; and 2) bureaucratic constructions of difference in American healthcare. Across all three projects, a semiotic approach informs the way I think about the circulation, reformulation, or endurance of particular forms of social connection.

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