John J Gumperz, 1922-2013

It is with immense sadness that I have learned of the recent death of John J Gumperz, whom I mentioned in a previous post. Without this eminent and brilliant scholar, I would literally not be writing these words, because one of the primary methods I use in my research and analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, would likely[…]

What’s a contextualisation cue?

I have recently attended the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, a major academic conference spanning five days. I was fortunate to have been able to attend an outstanding panel celebrating the ninetieth birthday of John Gumperz, an eminent anthropologist and linguist. Gumperz is one of the scholars responsible for developing a research[…]