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Name: Willliam  O.  Beeman
Institution: University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
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State and/or Country: MN
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Specialty: sociolinguistics, performance theory
Subject Language(s): Persian, Iranian
Language Family(ies): Altaic
Japanese Family
Selected Publications: BOOKS

2011 Iranian Performance Traditions. Contra Costa, CA: Mazda Publishers.

2008 The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullahs”: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2004 William O. Beeman, Edited and with an Introduction by, Studying Contemporary Western Society: Method and Theory. papers by Margaret Mead. New York: Berghahn Books. 304pp. (new collection, never before published)

1993 The Third Line: The Opera Performer as Interpreter. 1stEdition [With Daniel Helfgot] Schirmer Books

1988a Object, Image and Inquiry: The Art Historian at Work. (with Elizabeth Bakewell. Marilyn Schmidt [general editor] and Carol McMichael Reese.) Los Angeles: Getty Museum Press. xii + 199 pp.

1986 Language Status and Power in Iran Bloomington: Indiana University Press. xxii + 255 pp.

1982 Culture, Performance and Communication in Iran. Tokyo: Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa. (ILCAA). xix + 223 pp.


2014 Negotiating A Passage to the Meal in Four Cultures. in Szatrowski, Polly, Pragmatics and Food. London: John Benjamin

2012 Linguistics and Anthropology. In: Dov M. Gabbay, Paul Thagard and John Woods, eds., Philosophy of Linguistics. San Diego: North Holland, pp. 531-551.

2010 Performance Pragmatics, Neuroscience and Evolution. Pragmatics and Society 1(1): 118-137.

2009 Sociolinguistics in the Iranian World. In Ball, Martin, ed., Sociolinguistics Around the World. New York: Routlege. Pp. 213-225

2006a The Performance Hypothesis : Language, Performance and Human evolution. L’Ethnographie (Maison des Science de L’Homme, Paris) N.S. #1 [Spring 2006]. 104-136.

2005a Making Grown Men Weep: Singing, Acoustics and Human Evolution. In Hobart, Angela and Bruce Kapferer, eds., Aesthetics and Performance: The Art of Rite. New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 23-42.

2005b Silence in Music. In Silence and Culture, Maria Luisa Barrio. New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 23-34

2003b Performative Symbols and their Relative Non-Arbitrariness: Representing Women in Iranian Traditional Theater. Semiotica 144 (2003): 1-19.

2001b Emotion and Sincerity in Persian Discourse. International Journal of the Sociology of Language Vol 148 (2001): 31-57
Courses Taught: Linguistic Anthropology
Evolution of Language
Performance Theory

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