Linguistic Anthropology

H. Samy Alim

Professor and David O. Sears Presidential Endowed Chair in the Division of Social Sciences

Research Interests:

Language, power, and identities; language and race, racism and (trans)racialization (raciolinguistics); the language and verbal art of Hip Hop Culture, locally and globally; Muslim youth cultures; language, culture, and education; culturally sustaining pedagogies; Black Language; U.S., Spain, South Africa.

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: halim@ucla.edu
Office: 384 Haines Hall

Erica Cartmill

Associate Professor

Research Interests:

Evolution of language; gesture; primate communication; human language development; parent-child interaction; language and thought; comparative cognition; great apes

Lab Website: http://linglab.ucla.edu

Subfield:

Biological Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: cartmill@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 396 Haines Hall
Phone: 310-825-5679

Erin Debenport

Associate Professor & Vice Chair of Graduate Studies

Research Interests:

Technologies of language circulation; secrecy; indigeneity; semiotics; critical language documentation; language ideologies; Kiowa-Tanoan languages.

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: erindebenport@ucla.edu
Office: 318B Haines Hall

Alessandro Duranti

Distinguished Professor

Research Interests:

Linguistic anthropology, ethnopragmatics, phenomenological and anthropological theories of intentionality and human agency, political discourse, literacy activities, improvisation in language and music; jazz aesthetics; history of US anthropology; Samoa, U.S., Italy

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: aduranti@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 349 Haines Hall
Phone: 310-825-2055

Research Interests:

Language and culture; language contact, identity, and ideologies; anthropology and verbal art; ethnography of communication; American Indian Languages (especially the Kiowa-Tanoan and Uto-Aztecan families); the Pueblo Southwest, Central California

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: paulvk@ucla.edu
Office: 329A Haines Hall
Phone: 310-825-6237

Research Interests:

Sociophonetics; language and Identity; multimedia ethnography; experimental writing; visual anthropology

Subfield:

Linguistic Anthropology

Contact Information

Email: nmd@anthro.ucla.edu
Office: 382 Haines Hall
Phone: 310-825-3274