This is the official website of Dan Sperber, who is a French social and cognitive scientist who has developed a naturalistic approach to culture under the name of "epidemiology of representations". With Deirdre Wilson of University College London, he has also developed a cognitive approach to communication known as Relevance theory. Relevance is among the influential theories in contemporary linguistic thought. Sperber's site offers a brief biography, bibliography, and a list of selected articles arranged by date or by theme, written in English or French. The texts are freely accessible under certain conditions of use. The site will be of interest to students and researchers working in the areas of pragmatics, communication, linguistic anthropology, cognitive linguistics, and other related linguistic fields.
This website provides an overview of the activities of the AHRC-funded cross-disciplinary research programme ‘Diasporas, Migration and Identities’. The programme includes both small and large projects, individual research and collaborations aiming to research issues related to diasporas and migration and their impact on “identity, culture and the imagination, place and space, emotion, politics and sociality”. Work will cover six broad themes: migration, settlement and diaspora; modes, stages and forms; representation, performance and discourse; languages and linguistic change; subjectivity, emotion and identity; objects, practices and places; beliefs, values and laws. The website includes descriptions of all the projects funded, including networks, events and postgraduate activities.
Journal of Child Language is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly publication drawing on research in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, and anthropology. Issues addressed include the phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, vocabulary, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics of child language; as well as the underlying principles and theories accounting for child language behaviour. The journal is published three times a year. Journal contents and abstracts, starting from 1997, are available through Cambridge Journals Online, while institutional subscription gives access to the full-texts of articles in PDF format.
This online version of Edward Sapir's famous book presents his views on language, 'its variability in place and time', and 'its relations to other fundamental human interests - the problem of thought, the nature of the historical process, race, culture, art'. The book discusses important linguistic issues such as language and form; grammatical concepts and grammatical processes; the elements of speech; the sounds of language; language contact, variation and change; language, race and culture; language and literature. The book is a must for every student of linguistics. A detailed alphabetical index makes the online edition easy to use as a reference source.
This Web page outlines research using molecular population genetics to gain an insight into the prehistory of the greater Himalayan region, and the development and distribution of its incredible linguistic diversity. DNA samples were taken from populations within Nepal and Bhutan and compared with samples from India and China, allowing the genetic map of the region to be compared with the linguistic. The website includes links to published outcomes, and details of researchers involved in the project. The research was funded by the AHRC as part of the European Science Foundation EUROCORES programme: 'The Origin of Man, Language and Languages'.
Language Variation and Change is a journal dedicated exclusively to the study of linguistic variation. It focuses on variation in either oral or written data, from a synchronic or diachronic perspective. The journal is a valuable resource for sociologists, linguists, sociolinguists, psychologists, anthropologists, phonologists and dialectologists. The site gives an overview of the journal and guidelines for contributors. The site allows free access to one issue of the journal and abstracts to back issues from volume 11, issue 1 from 1999. The full articles can be bought online or accessed through subscription.
The official website of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology presents the research carried out at the institute. There are several departments, including one in Linguistics, one in Evolutionary Genetics and one in Human Evolution (the first to sequence the Neanderthal genome). The Department of Linguistics studies "the diversity of human language and the historical processes underlying this diversity" by searching for properties that are universal to all languages. This is achieved both by researching sounds (phonetics and phonology) and words (lexical comparison). The department also is focusing its research on relating each language to the others, to form a "language tree". Despite the name, the "Department of Evolutionary Genetics" will be best known by archaeologists since it focuses on sequencing ancient DNA (e.g. the Neanderthal genome). The Department of Human Evolution instead focuses on applying scientific techniques to archaeological research (e.g. diet, climate and migration research through isotopes; dating; osteoarchaeology; etc.). Researchers in particular may find this website useful.
This website, for the Oral Tradition Journal, contains the twice-yearly published full-text inter-disciplinary journal relating to oral tradition and history, literary criticism and history, folklore, anthropology, linguistics and history. One of the journal's main aims is to promote the academic study of these related fields and, to that end, all of the publications from 1986 are available freely on the Web page (all are available to be downloaded in PDF format). It is, moreover, possible to search all the publications by keyword search or by author search or to browse through issue-by-issue. The journal covers a great many areas and aspects of research and study, from Basque Oral Poetry Championship to Australian Aboriginal Oral Traditions, and many more. New users of the site are recommended to read volume 18, issues 1 and 2 before moving onto the rest of the site as these 'provide a broad, state-of-the-art perspective on the multidisciplinary field of studies in oral tradition'.
The academic journal 'Revista de dialectología y tradiciones populares' (Journal of dialectology and popular traditions) is a publication from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) devoted to social and cultural anthropology. Published twice a year since 1941, it is a well-established journal which publishes articles, research notes, and book reviews on any aspect of cultural anthropology, although Spain and Latin America feature prominently. The CSIC digital repository of journals has made available full-text contents for all issues published since 2006. However, open access is only granted six months after the print version is published. Users may access, nonetheless, the list of contents and abstracts for the current issue. Information about submissions guidelines are provided on the site. Spanish is the main language of the journal and most articles are in this language, but contributions are accepted in English too. Article abstracts are always available in Spanish and English.
Signs - International Journal of Semiotics is an international peer-reviewed electronic journal based at the Royal School of Library and Information Service, Denmark. Interdisciplinary in orientation, its coverage spans all processes of cognition, communication, meaning and information interchange in which signs feature. This website contains information on its editorial board, submission guidelines, an essay on what Semiotics is, and links to relevant websites. The journal has published papers on the origins and meaning of sign-based forms of communication, looking both at biological organisms in general and specifically at the role of symbolism in humans. As a result, some papers may be useful to both students and researchers focusing on cognitive archaeology and symbolism during the Palaeolithic. Several published articles have been influenced by works by Charles Sanders Peirce. It publishes papers on an ongoing rather than a periodical basis, and viewers can access the full-text versions for free.
This is the website of the annual Symposium About Language and Society - Austin (SALSA), organised by graduate students and sponsored by the Departments of Linguistics and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. The site provides a brief history of SALSA since the first conference in 1992 and information about the upcoming one, including a call for papers. The main participants are postgraduate students, but the keynote speakers are distinguished scholars.
The proceedings are published as the 'Texas Linguistic Forum' (TLF). The tables of contents and abstracts from the first printed issue (1993) to date are available online here, and since 2004 the proceedings have been published only online. Papers cover many areas of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthopology, including: language and media; language and technology; educational psychology; speech communication; discourse analysis; conversation analysis; language vitality; foreign language education; the ethnography of communication; and gesture and interaction. The full-text papers are mainly in PDF format but some include or consist solely of videos, some of which are very large files that take a long time to download; some papers also include Powerpoint presentations.