linguistic anthropologist
BBC Learning English - The English We Speak / Donkey's years
Years and ears!


Why has Rob got a donkey in the studio?! It’s probably got something with today’s authentic English phrase which is about not doing something for a long time. How long will it take for Feifei to work out what it means?

Hello, my name is Anna Luisa Daigneault and I am a linguistic anthropologist who scientifically documents endangered languages and music in South America. I work for the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. In this picture, I am interviewing two Ayoreo elders who are speakers of the Ayoreo language, an endangered indigenous language spoken in northern Paraguay. Their names are Ige Carmen Cutamijo and Peje Picanerai, and they live in the Ayoreo community of Cucaani. (Photo by Oscar Ponsoraja, chief of Cucaani).  

anonymous asked:

Do you have to be a genius to be a anthropogist

I think genius is a biased term. People tend to associate it with STEM capabilities. Anthropology requires almost no STEM. It is a social science. If you can understand theory, and make associations between what you see in the field and those theories, you can be an anthropologist. Some would argue that it requires creativity, and writing skills, like when doing ethnography. 

But remember there are different types of anthropology. If you are good with medical terminology, you can be a paleoanthropologist. If you are good with language, grammar, and syntax, a linguistic anthropologist. If you like analyzing things under a microscope, testing for chemical composition, and reading history, an archaeologist. 

About This Project

This survey is about how language is crossing borders and cultures to build relationships and a better understanding of the world around us. No matter how we build our connections, fandom has helped many build relationships and grow as individuals. I want to share your love of fandom, and mine, with other cultural and linguistic anthropologists. This is for a grad project at my university, Arizona State University.

I am not collecting names or usernames and will only refer to these answers as statistics. None of the answers have been marked as required because I do not want to force anyone to answer something they don’t want to. I hope that you answer all the questions because it will help me to catalog and understand the future ahead for fandom and our ever growing culture.

Please, I ask that you answer every question to the best of your ability. Describe as much as you can. Think of this like a conversation. I want to get to know you. I want to know your struggles and your successes. I want to know how much fandom means to you. It would mean a lot if you could share this with me, and with others.

If you are unable to find a word in English, please use your native language. There is no need to write like you do for school. Write like you normally do. :)

The survey can be found here.

Why Moana is great and why everyone should watch it

- has a teen lead voiced by a teen girl (a talented one at that!)

- breaks the trope of rebelliousness often seen in Disney protagonists.

- very culture-rich, the movie team assembled a group of anthropologists, linguists, and other cultural experts to ensure proper respect.

- there’s a singing crab (who’s beautiful, baby)

- Moana doesn’t have a love interest, she has a loving family, a mentor and a friend, and a chicken. Hei hei the chicken is the best part

- BEAUTIFUL music score made by Lin Manuel Miranda himself

- realistic hair! That acts normal and doesn’t stay in one style the entire movie. There’s an entire animation team dedicated solely to hair and it’s so worth it

- stunning animation. Just-absolutely stunning

- moana’s strengths don’t lie in her looks or even her talents, she isn’t naturally gifted at many of the tasks she undertakes. she perseveres through everything to find the best way. And she’s kind! Genuinely a lovely person.

- a really refreshing movie, so fun to watch

i cant wait to come back to tumblr when im 28 and log on to occasionally reblog pierre teilhard de chardin quotes and comment on posts being like “Linguistic anthropologist here–”

Life as an improvisational art, at every age. This idea animates the wise linguist and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, whose book Composing a Life has touched many. Since her childhood as the daughter of the iconic anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, she’s had an ability to move through the world as both an original observer and a joyful participant. Now in her 70s, she’s pondering — and living — what she calls the age of “active wisdom.” She sees longer life spans creating a new developmental stage for our species.

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Tagged by: @thecrownedrose [gracias, gemela!]

Name: Carolina

Nicknames: Caro, Lina, princess and cupcake [respectively, only Charlie and Abril for the last two]

Gender: Female

Star sign: Taurus

Height: 5′7″

Sexuality: Biromantic Asexual

Hogwarts house: Gryffindor

Favorite animal: Bears, tigers, DOGS, sea otters

Average hours of sleep: average between 6-9 hours, depends on the day

Current time: 12:04PM

Dogs or cats: Dogs

How many blankets do you sleep with: Depends on the weather. Right now, just one but I own like four 

Dream trip: South America - especially Argentina and Brazil!

Dream job: Linguistic anthropologist :)

When I made my blog:  October 2011!

Followers: 8,478

Why I made this blog: it was the ‘cool’ thing to do in high school, and it became my personal outlet when I became depressed

Reason for my URL: [this question will never stop haunting me!] It means “daydream” in three languages, and I decided upon it like two years ago when I wanted to be all “aesthetic” and now, here we are. I’m emotionally attached to it, so there’s no way I’ll ever change it :)

tagging: @charliexowrite @mrsbarnes1o7 @avengershavethetardis @barnes-and-parker @barnres @soldatbarnes @whothehellisbella [totally optionally, ily all!]

Ancient DNA Tells Us Much About Modern Basque's Once-Unknown Origins

The Basques have unique customs and a language - Euskera - that is unrelated to any other spoken in Europe, or indeed the world. Nestled in a mountainous corner of Atlantic Europe, they also show distinct genetic patterns to their neighbours in France and Spain. But their origins have remained an elusive mystery for as long as anthropologists and linguists have been studying the Basque and their Euskera.  Mattias Jakobsson from Uppsala University in Sweden analysed the genomes of eight Stone Age human skeletons from El Portalón in Atapuerca, northern Spain. These individuals lived between 3,500 and 5,500 years ago, after the transition to farming in southwest Europe. The results show that these early Iberian farmers are the closest ancestors to present-day Basques. Jokobsson’s results suggest that the modern Basque are likely descendants of early farmers, possibly mixed with local hunter-gatherers and using their language, who then became isolated for millennia. Read the full BBC article here

anonymous asked:

Tips on writing an adventure/exploration story?

  • Large cast. An explorer isn’t going to go far entirely by themselves. They need – depending on the story – guards, guides, fellow researchers, porters, and translators. The explorer might also have friends and family tagging along. Don’t neglect your large cast. You have the opportunity to show so many different facets in addition to the standard Bold Explorer.
  • Goal. Adventure makes a good inciting emotion. However, the search of adventure doesn’t usually breed conflict. You’ll need to make disagreements in the party, fixations on treasure, competition with other groups, bad weather, anything that counts as solid conflict. If you’re writing an exploration story where the party is focused on an objective (mapping an area, searching for treasure, etc.) you already have the potential for conflict.
  • Practical considerations. I don’t know at what tech level you’re writing this story, but if it’s dangerous, people will get sick and injured. If they’re venturing away from society, they’ll need to bring food/water or the ability to procure both. Also, you’re not going to find an archaeologist/linguist/cultural anthropologist in one person, so please make them more than one know-it-all character.
  • Tropes. Adventure is a really old genre and, as a result, has a lot of clichés and tropes attached to it. Examples include Gold Fever, the Treasure Room, the dangerous river crossing, Adventurer Archaeologist, and the booby-trapped treasure. Adventure stories have been historically racist, involving tropes like Mighty Whitey, The Chief’s Daughter, and Hollywood Natives, so be careful of that.
TVWithoutPity: TWOP will cease operations ...

​Televison Without Pity is closing next week, though the forums will be up for a while for scraping and archiving and one last read. For us oldbies, TWOP is where we caught up on shows before streaming existed, where we read years-old real-time conversations when we got into a series two or three seasons in or a few years after cancellation. It’s where Aaron Sorkin got into debates on the forums with WW fans and Supernatural was probably saved from cancellation once or twice. It started recap culture.
If NBC/Universal had said that they were going to stop recaps and shut down the forums to new posts, people would be sad! Fandom and show discussion have split into so many other sites and social media, and it’s possible that twitter itself was a harbinger of the demise of TWOP.
But it’s the fact that NBC/U are deleting the site from the internet, keeping an offline copy of it but not making that copy publicly available, that is devastating for fandomers, people who’ve posted on and freelanced for TWOP, scholars of all forms of the humanities, including linguists, anthropologists, sociologists and cultural studies grad students. If it’s 15 years of posts, how many decades of time have been spent by thousands posting there? How much archival info is going to go POOF because some corporation went Accio to it, to keep it from us?
Can anything be done?
​Maybe. is scraping the site - which doesn’t violate the TWOP ToU - and there are no robots that will block their archiving. How they’ll keep it and how searchable it will be is as yet unknown, but at least it’s something they legally can do.
It’s legal to archive it because of last year’s court ruling in Google Books. As the EFF described GB then:
​Google can scan “books and create massive, publicly available and searchable books databases. Users can search the database, which includes millions of works, for keywords. Results include titles, page numbers, and small snippets of text. It has become an extraordinarily valuable tool for librarians, scholars, and amateur researchers of all kinds”.
Google Books, as an archive, does not infringe on the books’ copyrightholders’ rights because it is fair use, and a transformative work. There are four statutory fair use factors: the purpose of the use, the nature of the original work, the amount used, and the existence of market harm - and they all look to tilt towards a Fair Use showing for an archive of TWOP.
If the purpose of the use is to keep content that would otherwise be wholly unavailable, and there is no market harm since there will no longer be a competing, ad-supported site owned by NBC/U to host the content, two major tenants fulfilled.
But look at this bit from Google Books: The GB site “‘adds value to the original’ and allows for 'the creation of new information, new aesthetics, new insights and understandings.’ Leval, Toward a Fair Use Standard, 103 Harv. L. Rev. at 1111. Hence, the use is transformative.”
In its analysis of GB, the EFF noted, “copying an entire work can be fair if the entire work is necessary to the transformative use.” Every recap on TWOP is part of a culture of recaps, snark, humor, analysis, in-jokes and chatter - and even moreso, every post in the forums is a component of a larger whole, a larger, fifteen-years-in-the-making work. They go together like ramalamalama/kadingydingydong. And while archives and scrapes and backups of portions and snips and entire seasons and single episodes are likely fair uses and transformative works and for educational and archival purposes, so too is an archive and scrape of the whole of TWOP.
RIPTWOP. Let’s try and keep forever. it’s stories and snark and insight into the internet and entertainment industry we’ve known and loved and hated. It’s Fair to do so.