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"Voices" by Daniel Art Johnson

The linguistic anthropology subfield investigates the role of language in community, national, and cross-cultural interactions. Current linguistic anthropology faculty are active in research on language socialization, endangered languages, language and education, language and ideology, pidgins, creoles, language contact, language and politics, social/regional/ethnic/gender dialects, language and nationality; African American and other varieties of English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Polynesian, and Italian. They share a particular focus on studying the ways that speakers use language to index social identities and manage social boundaries and hierarchies. Faculty integrate linguistic and social analysis and emphasize ethnographic research.

The Linguistic Anthropology subfield cooperates with the Linguistics Doctoral Program in the sharing of faculty and in the offering of courses. The offerings include courses in sociolinguistics,  language and race/class/ethnicity/gender, urban linguistics, applied linguistics, bilingualism, and other issues involving the role of language in education and social life in multilingual societies. The subfield program also has close ties with other programs such as Urban Education and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages Program. Relevant courses in linguistic anthropology not offered at the Graduate Center may be taken at New York University through the consortial arrangement.


Subfield Coordinator for Linguistic Anthropology

Miki Makihara

Associate Professor
Queens College, Hortense Powdermaker Hall

Phone: 718-997-5513