The Linguists Intro
How do colonization and post-colonialism affect languages, language usage, language death and
revitalization around the world. Provide examples from the text and the film, The Linguists.
One of the least documented languages is Chulym:
The Linguists Loss of Language
-different groups who came into India,. The tribal people were the first people who were living
there. Live in isolated areas. Many of these areas are off limits to many visitors. The Indian
government doesnt g
Describe how linguistic anthropologists, David Harrison and Greg Anderson, use the five levels
of language (PMSSP) in their race to document dying languages.
Bolivia: Phonetics: the study of sounds of language
Chulym does not have a writing system. Vasya
Ahearn (via Bourdieu) argues that treating language as an object of contemplation rather than
an instrument of action and power is an inadequate way to study how language works (p. 272).
Explain her argument, employing appropriate social theorists and the
In terms of language endangerment, documentation, and revitalization, describe three ethical
issues linguistic anthropologists potentially face.
The rightful owner of data is the community that produces it; you share it with them. Ethics in
Apply the four key terms in linguistic anthropology (found in Ahearn pp. 18-30) to understand
how language interacts with the power relations involved in gender, race, and ethnicity.
Multifunctionality: refers to all of the work language does
Use the ethnographic work of Graham Jones & Lauren Schweder and Laura Ahearn to discuss
and clarify the meanings and usefulness of performance and performativity in linguistic
Performativity: Refers to the ability of as least some utterance
We were no longer the actors - we were being acted upon. We were no longer naming the world
- we were being named. We were named Indian, we were being called non-status and status
Indians, or Metis. This quote from Georges Erasmus speaks to the multiple w
Describe Chris Ball`s research in Brazil and Japan and what you learned about the work of
linguistic anthropology from his lecture.
Linguistic anthropology: Research in Amazonian Brazil and Japan
Little information on languages, if you work in this sytem
Weekly Assignment 6
October 17, 2012
1.In what ways do the people of Cibecue (Basso, Ch. 4) demonstrate the concepts in Ahearns
The peoples of Cibeque demonstrate the concepts in Ahearns Chapter 6 because they
Weekly Assignment 3
September 26th, 2012
1. What does Basso mean by stalking with stories?
Basso means, when he is discussing stalking with stories, that in Apache culture stories are used
to correct the social conduct of spe
Weekly Assignment 2
September 19th, 2012
1. How does Keith Basso arrive at his research question?
Keith Basso arrives at his main research question through two decades of field research; he
wanted to answer the question that