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There is some awful pseudo-science about linguistics going around the internet right now. So let's have a little linguistic anthropology 101 thread. I'll start us off but I hope #anthropology twitter will add to this. I'd love to see a good discussion about linguistic anthro!
1. Language actively DOES things in the world. A swing of the bat is either a strike or a ball based not upon what happens (as any fan can tell you) but how the ump calls it. A spoken agreement binds people into sets of obligations. Saying "I love you" changes relationships.
2. WHO is speaking matters Every fan in a stadium can be shouting "out" but only the ump's words decide the outcome. Two people saying "I do" aren't married unless they are adults in front of an officiant. A word denoting insider status can be deeply offensive said by an outsider
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#AnthroTwitter #anthropology PhD students, MA students and Recent PhDs (oh everyone) if your department were to have a "Professional stuff you need to know that not enough faculty talk about" seminar for graduate students what topics would you want covered in it?
Here is what I have so far: Job letters, post doc apps, how to organize post field work (e.g. notes, archive materials, interview materials), how to get stared writing your diss, outlines (or not), how to write and deliver a job talk, ........
..... How to manage time (e.g. how to write, write grants, teach, mentor graduate students, mentor undergraduate students, do service, INCLUDING - how to change a chapter or dissertation writing into an article - what after [or out of] the dissertation research? ...
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#KarlMarx200 thread:

1. In my own #research, I have found Marx's notion of #contradiction particularly useful.

In his analysis, Marx noted how the contradiction between #labor and #capital accounted for many of the social dynamics of #capitalism.
2. The contradiction does not necessarily mean #conflict, but tendencies that "pull" in different directions and are in a dialectical relation to each other.

The contradiction of labor/capital can be accommodated in different ways and with very different consequences.
3. I like how this notions focuses on changing social dynamics. In my own work on #land use of #Mengen speakers in #PapuaNewGuinea, I've used the notion of #contradiction, to think about social forces underpinning Mengen land ownership and use.
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