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Program Name:

Department of Anthropology
Program Homepage: http://anthro.siuc.edu/linguisticanthropology.html
Institution: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Address: Mailcode 4502
City: Carbondale
Zip/Postal Code: 62901
State/Province: IL
Country: USA
Application Deadline: January 15
Contact Person: Andy Hofling , Prof.

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Phone: 618 536 6651
Linguistic Subfield(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Language Documentation
Program Size: Small (1-10 students)
Program Description: The Department of Anthropology at SIUC is building its graduate program in Linguistic Anthropology and invites interested students to apply. SIUC has a vibrant four-field department, where students receive training in all major sub-disciplines. Linguistic anthropology students are trained in current linguistic and sociocultural theory as well as current methods of linguistic description and analysis. Our approach to language is ethnographic and eclectic, stressing the need to master basic analytic skills in order to address anthropological problems.

Our faculty include Janet Fuller, whose research currently focuses on the social roles of language in bilingual communities (http://www.siuc.edu/%7Eanthro/fuller/index.html); C. Andrew Hofling, whose interests include Mayan linguistic history and language documentation (http://www.siuc.edu/%7Eanthro/hofling/index.html); and Anthony Webster, whose research focuses on Native American verbal art (http://www.siuc.edu/%7Eanthro/webster/index.html)

Some major themes of special interest to the faculty include:

! Discourse approaches to language and culture
! Native American languages and their documentation
! Orality, literacy and cognition
! Discourse genres and verbal art
! Linguistic practices and power relationships
! Language and identity
! Linguistic and cultural history
! Language in its social and cultural contexts and functions
! Bilingualism and language shift

The Department has a Linguistic Anthropology Lab with equipment for analog and digital audio and video recording and analysis. Interested students and others are encouraged to visit our web page where information on the program and application materials are available: http://www.siu.edu/~anthro/

Contact Address:

C. Andrew Hofling
Department of Anthropology
Mailcode 4502
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4502
Available Financial Aid: Graduate Assistantships, Graduate Fellowships
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