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.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Suggested Topics

William Jones (1871-1909) Fourth person to receive a PhD in linguistic anthropology, twelfth person to receive a PhD in anthropology, and first Native American PhD in anthropology. Jones was part Fox and a specialist in Algonquian languages, particularly known for his extensive collection of Algonquian texts. He was at one point an assistant curator at the Field Museum in Chicago and died in the Philippines in 1909 having been sent there to do fieldwork.
Jones, William (1904) “Some Principles of Algonquian Word-Formation” American Anthropologist 6: 369-407.
Bloomfield, Leonard (1922) “The Owl Sacred Pack of the Fox Indians”The American Journal of Philology 43(3): 276-281
Bernstein, Jay H. (2002) “First Recipients of Anthropological Doctorates in the United States, 1891-1930” American Anthropologist 104 (2): 551-564

I think one interesting way to start conversations on this blog would be by having members post topics with some discussion and links of a particular question. Topics that immediately pop to mind include resources for teaching linguistic anthropology, linguistic anthropology methods, the Ebonics Controversy, Deaf studies and linguistic anthropology, a discussion of the question “Does culture exist?” Everybody is then invited to comment on and discuss this topic within the comments section of the blog (just click on Comments below each front page posting to access discussions).

I will be traveling for the next week so won’t have time to do much maintenance but will try to get to all questions people have asap.

Front page posts with biographies, photographs and/or links to information about people important to the study of language and culture are welcome but not required.


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