Course Materials

The Origins of Language
Sign Language
Language and Identity
  • Anzaldua, G. (1987). How to Tame a Wild Tongue. In Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Pp. 53-64. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books.
  • Snyder-Frey. A. (2013). “He kuleana kō kākou: Hawaiian-language Learners and the Construction of (Alter)Native Identities.” Current Issues in Language Planning 14(2):231-243.
  • Goodwin, M. H. and H. Samy Alim (2010). “Whatever (Neck Roll, Eye Roll, Teeth Suck)”: The Situated Coproduction of Social Categories and Identities through Stancetaking and Transmodal Stylization. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 20(1):179-194.
  • Pagliai, V. (2011). Unmarked Racializing Discourse, Facework, and Identity in Talk about Immigrants in Italy. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Volume 21, Issue 1 (August 2011) Pages: E94-E112.
  • Bailey, B. (2000). The Language of Multiple Identities among Dominican Americans. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 10(2), 190–223.
Language Contact and Contact Languages
  • DeGraff, M. (2003). “Against Creole Exceptionalism.” Language 79(2):391-410.
  • Jourdan, C. (2007). “Linguistic Paths to Urban Self in Postcolonial Solomon Islands.” In Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies, edited by Miki Makihara and Bambi B. Schieffelin. Pp. 30-48. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Makihara, M. (2004). “Linguistic Syncretism and Language Ideologies: Transforming Sociolinguistic Hierarchy on Rapa Nui (Easter Island).” American Anthropologist, 106(3), 529-540.
Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Translanguaging
Language and Thought
  • Hinton, L. (1994). “Language and the Structure of Thought.” In Flutes of Fire: Essays on California Indian Languages, 61-70. Berkeley: Heyday Books.
  • Conklin, HC. (1955). “Hanunóo Color Categories.” Journal of Anthropological Research 42(3): 441-446.
  • Briggs, JL. (2000). “Emotions Have Many Faces: Inuit Lessons.” Anthropologica 42(2): 157-164.
Language Socialization
Language and Media
Language and Race
Language, Gender, and Sexuality
Language and Age
Language and Capital
  • Gaudio, R. P. (2003). Coffeetalk: StarbucksTM and the Commercialization of Casual Conversation. Language in Society, 32(5), 659–691.
  • Irvine, J. T. (1989). When talk isn’t cheap: Language and political economy. American Ethnologist, 16(2), 248–267.
  • Coombe, R. J. (2016). The knowledge economy and its cultures: Neoliberal technologies and Latin American reterritorializations. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 6(3), 247–275. 
  • Gershon, Ilana. 2016. “‘I’m Not a Businessman, I’m a Business, Man’: Typing the Neoliberal Self into a Branded Existence.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6 (3): 223–46. 
Discourse, Nations, and Institutions
  • Blommaert, J. (2009). Language, Asylum, and the National Order. Current Anthropology, 50(4), 415–441.
  • Shipton, Parker. 2003. “Legalism and Loyalism: European, African, and Human ‘Rights.’” In At the Risk of Being Heard: Identity, Indigenous Rights, and Postcolonial States, edited by Bartholomew Dean and Jerome M. Levi, 45–79. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • Siskind, Janet. 2002. “The Invention of Thanksgiving: A Ritual of American Nationality.” In Food in the USA: A Reader, edited by Carole Counihan, 41–58. New York: Routledge.
  • Stevens, S. M. (2018). Tomahawk: Materiality and depictions of the Haudenosaunee. Early American Literature, 53(2), 475–511.