1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences



My dissertation research investigates semiotic processes of ethical formation and transformation in a digital context.


The Reed Magazine: "Ways we speak," an appreciation from Dell's alma mater (Reed College, 1950)


I work amongst activists in Barcelona, particularly those who have participated in social movements in various eras: before and during the Spanish Civil War, clandestinely under Franco, and since the transition. My interests are varied, but include a focus on how language choices are negotiated in a bilingual community by groups who seek solidarity across class lines, as well as a focus on activist narratives of disobedience.


My earliest interest in anthropology was focussed on linguistics, but three years in Puerto Rico added a fascination with how anthropologists study the ways different people work out ways of being human, raising children, living in families, celebrating seasonal rituals. Graduate work in anthropology at Indiana and later at UCLA made it possible to keep all these interests active.


I had an early childhood fantasy that my unique brain wave configuration made me the only person on Earth who would be able to communicate with the space aliens I hoped would show up.  Later I became interested in human languages, but I resisted learning my father’s native language, Italian, until our family moved to Somalia when I was 12 and it turned out that the only middle school in Mogadishu was Italian.  There I also studied Latin and Arabic, and for fun I attended Russian classes that were run by the Soviet embassy for Somalis en route to study in the USSR.  I didn


I am a linguist trained in the analysis of sound and word structure. My first research project was on the Arapesh languages of Papua New Guinea. Working from both documentary sources and materials collected during fifteen months of fieldwork (1997-1999), I studied the ways in which sounds are systematically exploited by the Arapesh noun classification system.


I am a linguistic anthropologist interested in the points of overlap between emotion, identity, and social power. I look at how people express emotion (linguistically), how these emotional expressions pattern along lines of cultural identity (gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, etc), and how these patterns fit into a society’s social hierarchy.


Hello and welcome, from Eve Danziger, Professor of linguistic anthropology at the University of Virginia.  You can access a fuller list of my publications, my CV, and other materials at my professional website. Also, please visit the programs that I am affiliated with: Cognitive Science Program, and the Linguistics Program.


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