LINGUIST List 28.5008

Wed Nov 29 2017

Support: Anthropological Linguistics: PhD, University of Virginia

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 28-Nov-2017
From: Lise Dobrin <>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics: PhD, University of Virginia, USA
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Department: Anthropology
Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Virginia

Duties: Teaching

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics


The University of Virginia is a top-ranked public research university located in the beautiful Piedmont region of Virginia, a short drive away from both Washington, D.C. and the Blue Ridge mountains. We offer an M.A. degree in Linguistics, and an M.A./Ph.D. degree in Linguistic Anthropology.

The five full-time linguistic anthropologists on UVa’s Anthropology faculty integrate the study of language with culture and social life with research emphases in cognition, ethics, ethnopoetics, ideology and philosophy of language, multimodal semiosis, space and place, language evolution, linguistic prehistory, and language documentation, archiving, and revitalization.

Ellen Contini-Morava: Meanings and discourse functions of grammatical forms; noun classification; pragmatics; linguistic theory and method; African linguistics (especially Bantu).

Eve Danziger: Linguistic relativity; spatial language and spatial cognition; cross-cultural philosophies of mind; conversational gesture; language change and linguistic prehistory; social organization and social identity; Mayan linguistics; morphosyntactic expression of verb argument structure.

Lise Dobrin: Melanesian language and culture; Arapesh language family; ethnography of language documentation; language endangerment, revitalization, and archiving; collaborative methods; ethnopoetics; history of anthropology.

Dan Lefkowitz: Language and culture; language and identity, language and emotion; sociolinguistics; intonation, prosody, and voice quality; discourse analysis; language and media, film studies, semiotics; Hebrew and Semitic languages; peoples and cultures of the Middle East; Israel.

Mark Sicoli: Embodied interaction; semiotics; social action; video analysis; ethnography; place, ethics, and world making; language evolution and prehistory; documentary linguistics; indigenous languages of the Americas: Zapotec, Chatino, Chinantec (Mexico), Na-Dene (U.S.A and Canada).

Graduate training in Linguistic Anthropology at UVa stresses the integration of social theory with ethnographic practice, and our close ties to the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics affords the potential for substantial training in linguistic analysis. Graduate students take courses in a wide range of contemporary issues in anthropology and develop breadth across anthropological subfields to motivate questions that span both linguistics and social theory. There are many opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogues with other UVa units; for example, with music, global development, education, medicine, biology, and media studies. UVa also has a world-class reputation at the forefront of the digital humanities and invests heavily in resources that facilitate the use of digital technology in student and faculty research. Mentoring is provided for in-depth fieldwork, grant writing, teaching and job placement to help students develop skills to be creative and responsible teachers, engaging researchers, and citizens for our world.

The Department of Anthropology offers guaranteed five-year graduate fellowship support for all admitted PhD students, along with additional grants for foreign language study, conference travel, and pre-dissertation research.

Applications Deadline: 15-Dec-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Mark Sicoli

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