Date: October 25, 2019

Location: Swift Lecture Hall, Divinity School, University of Chicago (1025 East 58th Street)


Conference schedule:

9:00 – 9:30am          Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45am         Welcome

            Jennifer Cole (Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago)

9:45 – 11:30am       Panel 1: Language, Value, and Relativity

·      Chair: Lorna Hadlock (Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago)

·      Eve Danziger (Anthropology, University of Virginia), "Lucy's Semiotic Relativity: What Minds Get from Language"

·      Greg Thompson (Anthropology, Brigham Young University), "Discursive/Functional Linguistic Relativity and the Language We Speak: 'Academic Language' and Intellectualization"

·      Paja Faudree (Anthropology, Brown University), "magic plants and the relativity of value: some notes on decontextualization"

·      Discussant: Sevda Numanbayraktaroglu (Psychology, Istanbul Medipol University and Yeditepe University)

11:30am– 1:00pm        Lunch

1:00– 2:30pm              Panel 2: Varieties of Socialization

·      Chair: Laura Horton (Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin)

·      Elise Berman (Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Benjamin Smith (Human Development, Sonoma State University), "De-Naturalizing the Novice: A Critique of the Theory of Language Socialization"

·      Nadxieli Toledo Bustamante (Child Development, California State University, Sacramento), "Socializing Learners, Participants and Speakers in Times of Rapid Change: The Case of a Zapotec Community"

·      Kathryn Geurts (Global Studies, Hamline University), "Sensory Socialization in a West African Context”  

·      Discussant: Allison DiBianca Fasoli (Psychology, Middlebury College)

2:30– 3:00pm           Coffee break

3:00 – 4:30pm          Panel 3:Mayan and Mesoamerican Language Studies

·      Chair: Christopher Bloechl (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

·      Robin Shoaps (Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks), "Conditionals and Moral Reasoning in Sakapultek (Mayan) Discourse"

·      Deborah Augsburger (Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Superior), "Not so fast!: Language shift’s rocky road in Juchitán, Oaxaca"

·      Paul Kockelman (Anthropology, Yale University), "Still Not Yetand Already No Longer:  Grammatical Categories, Colonial History, and Aspectual Selfhood among the Maya"

·      Discussant: Perry Wong (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

4:30 –4:50pm           Closing remarks

            John Lucy (Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

6:00– 9:00pm            Dinner and celebration

Smart Museum Lobby, University of Chicago (5550 S. Greenwood Ave.) 


Please email Brenda Sawyer ( with any accommodation requests or questions about the event.