New Books Network

Gregory Forth, “A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path: Animal Metaphors in an Eastern Indonesian Society” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2019)
Gregory Forth, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has studied the Nage people of the eastern Indonesian island of Flores for more than three decades. In A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path: Animal Metaphors in an... Read More
Chris Heffer, “All Bullshit and Lies?: Insincerity, Irresponsibility, and the Judgment of Untruthfulness” (Oxford UP, 2020)
The implied answer to the titular question of All Bullshit and Lies? (Oxford University Press, 2020) is no, it’s not. In this book, subtitled Insincerity, Irresponsibility, and the Judgment of Untruthfulness, Chris Heffer argues that to analyze untruthfulness, we need a framework which goes beyond these two kinds of speech... Read More
EQ Spotlight Special: Roundtable on the 2020 Presidential Race
What are we to make of the year’s first presidential debate? Listen in as John R. Hibbing, Jonathan Weiler and I discuss this question and others surrounding the 2020 presidential race. Hibbing is a Foundation Regents University Professor of political history and psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s been... Read More
Sarah Shulist, “Transforming Indigenity: Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon” (U Toronto Press, 2018)
Transforming Indigenity: Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon (University of Toronto Press) examines the role that language revitalization efforts play in cultural politics in the small city of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, located in the Brazilian Amazon. Sarah Shulist concentrates on how debates, discussions, and practices aimed at... Read More
Katherine Kinzler, “How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do – And What It Says About You” (HMH, 2020)
We gravitate toward people like us; it’s human nature. Race, class, and gender shape our social identities, and thus who we perceive as “like us” or “not like us”. But one overlooked factor can be even more powerful: the way we speak. As the pioneering psychologist Katherine Kinzler reveals in... Read More
B. Cope and M. Kalantzis, “Making Sense: Reference, Agency, and Structure in a Grammar of Multimodal Meaning” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
What do all these have in common: Disneyland and the Dreamtime, the shopping mall and the planned economy, Chomsky’s Syntactic Structures and Halliday’s Functional Grammar, Unicode and door handles? All mean something. The companion volumes Making Sense: Reference, Agency, and Structure in a Grammar of Multimodal Meaning (Cambridge University Press)... Read More
Marco Puleri, “Ukrainian, Russophone, (Other) Russian: Hybrid Identities and Narratives in Post-Soviet Culture and Politics” (Peter Lang, 2020)
Marco Puleri’s Ukrainian, Russophone, (Other) Russian: Hybrid Identities and Narratives in Post-Soviet Culture and Politics (Peter Lang, 2020) examines a complex process of identity formation in the context of exposure to a diversity of linguistic and cultural influences. Puleri zeroes in on contemporary Ukraine to explore the specificities of cultural... Read More
Alessandro Graheli, “The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Philosophy of Language” (Bloomsbury, 2020)
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Philosophy of Language (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) spans over two thousand years of inquiry into language in the Indian subcontinent. Edited by Alessandro Graheli, project leader in the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia at the Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna, Austria,... Read More
Beata Stawarska, “Saussure’s Linguistics, Structuralism, and Phenomenology: The Course in General Linguistics after a Century” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
In Saussure’s Linguistics, Structuralism, and Phenomenology: The Course in General Linguistics after a Century (Palgrave Macmillan), Beata Stawarska guides us to consider Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics anew. By delving into Saussure’s autograph notes, letters, and student lecture notes Stawarska reframes all of the hierarchical pairs promoted as part... Read More
Allison L. Rowland, “Zoetropes and the Politics of Humanhood” (Ohio State UP, 2020)
The way that we talk about living beings can raise or lower their perceived value. On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (s/t) interviews Dr. Allison L. Rowland (s) about zoetropes and zoerhetorics or ways of talking about living beings that promote (#blacklivesmatter) or demote (“collateral... Read More