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Category Archives: Linguistic Anthropology

‘Finding Our Talk’ Season 3 on APTN

Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN) will begin airing Finding Our Talk Season 3 on April 1, 2009. From the release: Finding Our Talk 3 is a continuing documentary series of 13 half hour episodes produced by Mushkeg Media Inc. that looks at the state of Aboriginal languages both within Canada and the boarder indigenous world. […]

100 Anthropology Blogs has published a list of 100 anthropology blogs. It’s a neat list and a great resource.

Tahltan Language Annotated Bibliography

John Alderete (SFU Linguistics) and I have published an annotated bibliography of Tahltan language materials in the open access Northwest Journal of Linguistics. Abstract: This bibliography lists and summarizes materials on the Tahltan language, including linguistic and anthropological research papers, dictionaries, collections of stories, and teaching materials. We hope that the bibliography will give language […]

Labels for Years, Again

My question about the pronunciation of labels for years in this decade continues to produce discussion. Now, I have audio grist for the mill. The following audio clip is from CKNW Radio (980am) in Vancouver. This morning, financial analyst Michael Levy was discussing the collapse of asset-backed commercial paper investments in Canada. During the conversation […]


The new Bud Light commercial has me thinking again about Scott Kiesling’s dude research. Dude, the commercial is too funny!

Inuvialuktun Language to get ‘Update’

The reports on a meeting of Inuvialuit elders and teachers in Inuvik, Northwest Territories (western Canadian arctic) to update the Inuvialuktun language. The article suggests concern for the state of the language because “has not had a major update in more than 20 years, and speakers say it needs to keep up with the […]

Labels for Years, Redux

My July 28, 2005 post on the question of how to pronounce labels for years in English has generated several new comments in the past week. Readers are weighing in with new data, new observations, about how to pronounce 2010. Is it: – ‘two thousand and ten’ – ‘twenty ten’ – ‘two ten’? Commenters note […]

Chinook Jargon and a Metaphor for an Inclusive British Columbia

Nicholas Klassen reflects on Chinook Jargon in today. Chinook Jargon is a trade language used along the Pacific Coast and well into the interior of western North America to facilitate communication and trade between groups of people who otherwise spoke different languages. Klassen’s discussion emphasizes how Chinook Jargon was used by speakers to create […]

‘Dude’ … A Website and Linguistic Anthropology

For the past few semesters, I have prefaced the study of linguistic anthropology with my Introduction to Cultural Anthropology students by reading the news story about Scott Kiesling’s study of the use of the word dude. The story appeared in December, 2004. It is written with enough humour to get people interested and it describes […]

Arctic Warming and Traditional Knowledge of Climate Change

The New York Times Science Section has today the second in a series on climate change in the Arctic. Much of the article is set in Russia, but its geographic range is wide and includes numerous comments about the impact of melting sea ice on northern Canadian communities. The article comments, for example, on the […]