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Once again this year, my students in my undergraduate Language & Culture class will be writing original research papers on the history of individual English words. I’m teaching online but the project is completely portable to that format. I’ve always found this to be a great way to introduce students to doing their own research on sociolinguistic / social-historical / lexicographical topics, and this year’s list of words for them to choose from is (he says not-so-humbly) pretty awesome. What are your favorites?
- all in
- all out
- amp up
- brain trust
- business end
- call dibs
- car phone
- deja vu
- drama queen
- fast forward
- Information Superhighway
- man cave
- phase out
- shout out
- suntan lotion
- tinfoil hat
- upside the head
- white trash
- whole nother
- yea big
Welcome to the latest and perhaps the last in a series of self-flagellatory blog posts in the post-blog era of Glossographia, apologizing for a lack of content here! Ahhh … but this time I have lots of exciting things to come in the next few months.
Most notably I want to draw your attention to my forthcoming book, Reckonings: Numerals, Cognition, and History, coming out in late fall from MIT Press: Reckonings: Numerals, Cognition, and History. Lots of new publications and content and such to be coming out this fall.
In general, though, to keep up to date on whatever doings are transpiring, follow me on Twitter @schrisomalis where I will surely post more regularly than here.
The abstracts below are summaries of papers by junior scholars from the 2019 edition of my course, Language and Societies, posted at the course blog of the same name. The authors are undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology and linguistics at Wayne State University. Comments and questions are extremely welcome, especially at this critical juncture over the next two weeks, when the authors are making final revisions to their papers.
Kate Blatchford: Redefining Urban Space: Language in the City Beautiful Movement
Amanda Diaz: To stage manage or not to stage manage
Jennifer Reed: Linguistic Landscape of Japanese in Novi
Zachariah Shorufi: The linguistic legacy of British colonization in Iraq
Michael T. Vollbach: Historical Influences on the Odawa Language
Li Zhang: Navigating internet censorship in China
The abstracts below are summaries of papers by junior scholars from the 2018 edition of my course, Language and Societies, posted at the course blog of the same name. The authors are undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology and linguistics at Wayne State University. Comments and questions are extremely welcome, especially at this critical juncture over the next two weeks, when the authors are making final revisions to their papers.
Andrew McKinney: Sorrow, shame, and lament in Irish folk lyrics
Samantha Spolarich: The magical discourse of Harry Potter: how spells came to be
Linguistic anthropologists (et al.): I’m looking for a suggestion for a different ethnography for my undergrad Language and Culture class. I’ve been using Basso’s Portraits of “the Whiteman” and while it’s great, it’s almost 40 years old now. What I need:
– (Relatively) short (<200 pages of text)
– In print and for sale for <$20 or so (or widely available used, or a good ebook edition)
– Ideally, focus on a non-English context
– Accessible to and of interest to juniors/seniors
– Appeal to both anthro and linguistics majors (could be more sociolinguistic, or more linguistic anthro, but needs to have something that looks like linguistic data)
The abstracts below are summaries of papers by junior scholars from the 2017 edition of my course, Language and Societies. The authors are undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology and linguistics at Wayne State University. Over the next few weeks, some students will be posting links to PDF versions of their final papers below their abstracts. Comments and questions are extremely welcome, especially at this critical juncture over the next two weeks, when the authors are making final revisions to their papers.
John Anderson: Symbolic Meanings of the “Rune Poems”
Lynn Charara: Portraits of The Orange Man
Nadine Duchaine: Native American Code Talkers: Life before the Code
Miriam Jacobs: Metaphors of Poverty
Stacy F. Markel: Power Play: gender, power, and language of nurses and doctors
Luke Pickrahn: The language of extreme metal
For any of you in the New York City area this coming week, I’ll be giving a public lecture ‘Renewing a dynamic cognitive philology of numerals‘ at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, Friday 02/24, 5:00pm. All are welcome.
And for those of my readers who are in the Detroit area / part of the Wayne State community, have no fear: I’ll be reprising this talk at the WSU Humanities Center brownbag series, Thursday 03/23, 12:30 pm. Again, this is a public lecture.
I’m writing to ask for your help in spreading the word about a new online research study on anthropologists’ knowledge and beliefs about the subfield of cognitive anthropology. I hope you will consider participating in this short survey by clicking the link below.
Also, please take a moment to let your colleagues and students know about this survey by sharing this post.
I’m interested in learning more about how cognitive anthropology is understood today, among anthropologists and anthropology students of all subdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. My hope is to collect a wide range of data from people from different career stages, nationalities, and research interests, including both people who know a lot about cognitive anthropology and those who don’t.
Participants will complete an online Qualtrics survey, which should take about 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, and no identifying information or IP addresses are being collected. Participants should be 18 years or older.
To complete the survey, you can click on this link or copy/paste the following URL into your browser: https://waynestate.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eP9wrelIjKNS4p7
If you have any questions about this research study, please contact me (Stephen Chrisomalis) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your assistance.