language links, ling-anth links

Language links 10/1

Every[1] Monday, I share some of what I’ve been reading in the past week.


Shalini Shankar wrote a truly excellent piece about the problems with anthropology. If you’re in, or interested in the field, it’s a must-read.

Alaska is taking a stand on indigenous languages — the Governor has just signed an order supporting the use of native languages in schools and on public signage. (Full text of the order.)

Norma Mendoza-Denton’s 1995 chapter “Pregnant Pauses: Silence and Authority in the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Hearings” has found new relevance this week. And here are linguists reacting to Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford’s testimony this week.

And on a lighter note, after a Twitter debate over the ‘condiments’ category, I’ve been obsessing over Angus Grieve-Smith’s posts about categorization:

[1] I’ve clearly not succeeded at this in the last few weeks.

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