Category Archives: Language

Race and Comedy

However you slice it you can’t deny that race makes for good jokes. In fact joking behavior was one of the first topics I became interested in as an anthropologist and before I went into field I spent a lot … Continue reading

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Steven Pinker on language

We first met Steven Pinker, a linguist at MIT, in a video we watched in class called “The Mind’s Big Bang” where he expounds on the many evolutionary benefits language must have conveyed upon our ancestors – in particular he … Continue reading

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North Carolina Culture

One of the dancers in Cherokee I interviewed for my dissertation posted this video on his Facebook page (now there’s a line Boas never wrote). In it you’ll hear some of the Cherokee language as well as tribal members discussing … Continue reading

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