linguistic anthropology lab


Housed in Anthropology, the Lab is UCSD’s hub for research in linguistic anthropology; it welcomes not just specialists, but all those interested in linguistic anthropological methods and theories. It is located in the Social Sciences Research Building, Room 340 (see map).

All events are held in the Lab, unless otherwise noted. We usually meet every other Friday from 1-2:30pm.



Welcome to Michael Hillyer, who is joining us as an incoming graduate student. He is interested in social media and language activism in Yucatec Mayan.

We're pleased to welcome back Michael Berman (PhD UCSD) as a lecturer in Anthropology. He works on compassion, alienation, and liberal secularism in Japan.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, Linguistic Anthropology is offering the following courses:
- ANSC 122. Language in Society (DEI; Yeh, fall)
- ANSC 162. Language, Identity, and Community (DEI; Berman, winter)
- ANSC 191. Narrative and Subjectivity (Yeh, winter)
- ANTH 280F. Core Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology (Yeh, winter)
- ANSC 118. Language and Culture (Hicks, spring)
- ANSC 141. Language and Political Action (Berman, spring)


Spring 2021 calendar

Jillian Cavanaugh, Anthropology, CUNY
Transcription as Embodied Entextualization: Process, Transformation, Authority
Fri, Apr 16

John Haviland, Anthropology, UCSD
Unspoken Speech: Modality and Mobility
Fri, Apr 23

Alicia Wright, Anthropology, UCSD
Sociocultural and Linguistic Negotiations between Black Deaf Signers and Hearing American Sign Language-English Interpreters
(PhD candidacy qualifying exam practice)
Discussant: Sara Goico, Sociology, UCLA
Fri, Apr 30

Vladimir Caraballo Acuña, Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia
“As If Without Wanting To”: Metapragmatic Insinuations and Indeterminacy in Encounters with Emeralds in Colombia
(workshop session)
Fri, May 14

Jacob Hellman, Communication, UCSD
Maya Azarova, Anthropology, UCSD
TBA (grad student data session)
Fri, May 28