Linguistic Anthropology

The study of language has been part of anthropology since the discipline started in the 1ate 1870s. This site is a place for linguistic anthropologists to post their work and discuss important events and trends in the field.

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Edward Sapir, by Florence Hendershot, from

Of course, I’m interested in culture patterns, linguistic included. All I claim is that their consistencies and spatial temporal persistences can be, and ultimately should be explained in terms of humble psychological formations with particular emphasis on interpersonal relations. I have no consciousness of whatsoever of being revolutionary or of losing an interest in what is generally phrased in an impersonal way. Quite the contrary, I feel rather like a physicist who feels that the immensities of the atom are not unrelated to the immensities of interstellar space (Sapir to Kroeber 1938, in Darnell 2001: 109)

Welcome to the Linguistic Anthropology Blog. Linguistic anthropologists and other scholars of language and culture are invited to join the Blog team and post their work or comments or point towards the work of others. Comments are welcome from all. Leave a note in comments if you would like to become a permanent member with a brief outline of the topics you would like to write on. Organizers and participants in sessions and conferences who would like to post their own and their colleagues work are particularly welcome.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sign me up, Leila!

I'll be particularly interested in issues involving sign language, ethnographic & linguistic fieldwork, and how linguistic anthropology can help in educational policies and practices.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone out there interested in the application of historical linguistics to prehistory (population movements, palaeoecology, agriculture, social structure, etc.)?

2:35 PM  
Blogger Leila Monaghan said...

Richard, you will receive an invitation shortly.

Frank, do you know Pam Innes at the University of Wyoming? I sat in on a very interesting class on the linguistic and archeological approaches to the origins of various Indo-European groups. Have dropped her an e-mail and with luck she will show up as I think historical material would be a really interesting contribution. Drop me a note at the address in the profile if you would like to be added and start the topic.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Jason Baird Jackson said...

Thank you for adding the Museum Anthropology Blog to the Linguistic Anthropology Blog's "blogroll." I look forward to following developments here and to participating when I can.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Leila Monaghan said...

Thanks for being here Jason and happy to have the Museum Anthropology blog listed!

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'd be interesting to use this blog as both a way to make research material available and as a tool in the ethnography of online communication. Leila's recent project to record material about our discipline could have a blogged dimension. Ethnographic blogging and blogging ethnography are becoming quite useful.

Apparently, those of us on the Blogger beta program can't use our Blogger accounts to register as authors on regular Blogger blogs. But I'd be interested in collaborating with this blog in the near future.

11:19 AM  
Blogger lo said...


I would like to be signed up for the blog. Thanks for setting this up.

I will be likely to post on issues involving the Spanish language and the mixing of English and Spanish in the United States and on verbal art and poetics.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Pete said...


Sorry about that last post. I was accidentally logged in as my wife, who had just posted to our wedding blog. This is Pete Haney.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Leila Monaghan said...

Hi Pete, I've sent you an invite but not sure if you'll be able to a) get it or b) accept it because of the swop over from regular to beta blogger. Let me know what happens!

all best,


4:21 PM  
Blogger Leila Monaghan said...

Good suggestion. How does one post a RSS feed?

5:24 PM  
Blogger John Curran said...


I'd like to sign up as a contributor to this blog. I'm especially interested in the ethnography of legal discourse.

Thanks very much for setting this up.

7:15 AM  

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