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Hall, Kira Professor

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  • Professor Hall's research is situated within the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. Her publications focus on issues of language and social identity in India and United States, particularly as they materialize within hierarchies of gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic class. Much of her work is based on extended ethnographic research among Hindi- and English-speaking groups associated with gender and sexual difference in northern India, and in particular New Delhi. In this body of work, Dr. Hall analyzes the sociocultural and linguistic impact of globalization, with special attention to localized articulations of nationalism and modernity. Her more recent work focuses on language and embodiment (particularly gesture), language and politics (particularly the discourse practices of Donald Trump), and language and sociality in the autism spectrum.

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  • linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, language, gender, sexuality, embodiment, language and identity, political discourse, South Asia, India, Hindi, Hinglish, code-switching, critical gender and sexuality theory, language and autism

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Teaching

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  • ANTH 6320 - Linguistic Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Serves as an advanced introduction to the empirical and theoretical foundations of contemporary linguistic anthropology, with special emphasis on the ways in which culture and society emerge semiotically through language and discourse. Same as LING 6320.
  • LING 2400 - Language, Gender and Sexuality
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Familiarizes students with the effects of gender and sexuality on language use; discusses popular beliefs and scholarly theories about language and communication. Provides students with tools for exploring the role of language and gender.
  • LING 3800 - Special Topics in Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Intensive study of a selected area or problem in linguistics. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • LING 6320 - Linguistic Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Serves as an advanced introduction to the empirical and theoretical foundations of contemporary linguistic anthropology, with special emphasis on the ways in which culture and society emerge semiotically through language and discourse. Same as ANTH 6320.
  • LING 7800 - Open Topics in Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum; offered intermittently depending on student demand and availability of instructors. Contact the department office for information.

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