In this panel presenters will address the ways in which their research has benefited from perspectives that come both from linguistic anthropology and other subfields of anthropology, and discuss how future research could gain from a more broad-based or interdisciplinary perspective.
This panel explores the contributions which linguistic anthropology can make to the discipline as a whole. As a specialized area of study linguistic anthropology is a broad and multifaceted discipline that has always drawn upon other subfields of anthropology in research and practice. Although the "holistic" approach is often claimed as a distinctive quality of anthropology, all too often only superficial attention is paid given to such cross-field attempts, while the contributions of different subfields to any particular line of research and practice are seldom explicit. Biological foundations that make language a unique human quality and its inextricable link to cultural and social life indicate that very little about humanity can be studied without understanding human communication. Thus, questions such as those about culture, identity, ethnicity, migration and mobility, education, intercultural dialogue or conflict cannot possibly be answered without an understanding of dynamic processes in which linguistic practices both shape and are shaped by social practices and structures. In this panel presenters will address the ways in which their research has benefited already from or drawn upon perspectives that come from outside of the particular subfield of linguistic anthropology, or how research in other subfields has benefited from theoretical and methodological advances in linguistic anthropology, and discuss how future research could gain from a more broad-based or interdisciplinary perspective.