For the inaugural virtual issue of American Anthropologist, Editor Tom Boellstorff created “The Anthropology of Language”. The theme, deliberately broad, allows readers to track ways in which language has been central to anthropological inquiry from its beginnings but in differing ways over the years and with differing linkages to other domains of anthropological scholarship. The virtual issue includes an impressive 86 articles, including Brinton’s “On the Chane-Abal (Four-Language) Tribe and Dialect of Chiapas” from the very first issue of AA in 1888. Boellstorff’s goal with this virtual issue is to identify signal contributions to the anthropological conversation on language so as to build interest in that conversation as it continues to flourish into the future.
Enjoy free access to all 86 articles in this virtual issue through September 30, 2011; after that it will be accessible to AAA members, AnthroSource subscribers, and pay-per-view on Wiley Online Library.