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Department of Social Anthropology


Dr Alex Pillen (UCL)

The reflexive pronoun: Notes on an anthropology of language

As language folds back onto itself and reflects itself, the surface of the utterance becomes a kind of dwelling for the anthropologist. This is not about deep structures unearthed by Lévi-Strauss or the observable reality of linguistic anthropology. What beckons is language that orchestrates a line of reflection, much like the reflexive pronoun, and allows us to re-define the role of anthropology in the study of language.

Friday, 8 March, 2024 - 15:15 to 17:00
Event location: 
Hopkinson Lecture Theatre