The following publications illustrate research topics explored by members of the Semiotics Lab and developed for article or book publication in recent years. Most items were published while one or more of their authors were still at Penn; a few appeared in print after authors had taken faculty or research positions elsewhere. 


  1. Perrino, Sabina. 2002. Intimate hierarchies and Qur'anic saliva (Tefli): Textuality in a Senegalese Ethnomedical Encounter. Journal of Linguistics Anthropology 12(2): 225-259.

  2. Reyes, Angela. 2002. "Are you losing your culture?": Poetics, Indexicality and Asian American Identity. Discourse Studies 4(2): 183-189.

  3. Bauer, Alex. 2002. Is What You See All You Get? Recognizing Meaning in Archaeology, Journal of Social Archaeology 2(1): 37-52.

  4. Tomlinson, Matt. 2002. Religious discourse as metaculture. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 5 (1): 25-47.

  5. Perrino, Sabina. 2003. Wolof greeting rituals & second language acquisition. Journal of African Language Teachers' Association. 4(1):19-42.

  6. Stack, Trevor. 2003. Citizens of towns, citizens of nations: The knowing of history in Mexico. Critique of Anthropology 23 (2).

  7. Schwalm, Andrew. 2004. “It Doesn’t Actually Mean Death": Entextualization and Intensional Transformation through a Tarot Card Reading. SALSA XI. Texas Linguistic Forum 47: Wai Fong Chiang et al. eds. Austin, TX: University of Texas.

  8. Coben, Lawrence. 2004. Other Cuzcos: Replicated Theaters of Inka Power. In: Theaters of Power and Community in Premodern Societies. Takeshi Inomata and Lawrence Coben, eds. Series: Archaeology in Society. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press.

  9. Lempert, Michael. 2005. Denotational Textuality and Demeanor Indexicality in Tibetan Buddhist Debate. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 15(2):171-193.

  10. Reyes, Angela. 2005. Appropriation of African American slang by Asian American Youth. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 9(4):509-532.

  11. Lempert, Michael. 2006. Disciplinary Theatrics: Public Reprimand and the Textual Performance of Affect at Sera Monastery, India. Language and Communication 26(1):15-33.

  12. Dick, Hilary. 2006. What to do with "I don't know": Elicitation in ethnographic and survey interviews. Qualitative Sociology. 29(1):87-102.

  13. Lempert, Michael and Sabina Perrino, eds. 2007. Temporalities in Text. Special issue, Language and Communication, vol. 27, no. 3.

  14. Reyes, Angela. 2007. Language, Identity and Stereotype Among Southeast Asian American Youth: The Other Asian. Lawrence Erlbaum.

  15. Perrino, Sabina. 2007. Cross-chronotope alignment in Senegalese oral narrative. Language and Communication, 27(3): 227-244.

  16. Nakassis, Constantine and Melanie Dean. 2007. Desire, Youth & Realism in Tamil Cinema. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 17(1): 77-104.

  17. Lempert, Michael. 2007. Conspicuously past: Distressed discourse and diagrammatic embedding in a Tibetan represented speech style. Language and Communication, 27(3): 258-271.

  18. Swinehart, Karl. 2008. The mass-mediated chronotope, radical counterpublics, and dialect in 1970s Norway: The case of Vømmøl Spellmanslag. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 18(2): 290-301

  19. Fleming, Luke. 2009. Indigenous language literacies of the Northwest Amazon, Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, 24(1): 35-59.

  20. Nakassis, Constantine 2009. Theorizing realism empirically. New Cinemas 7(3): 211-235.

  21. Fleming, Luke. 2009. Functional equivalence of formal strategies in the development of Nheengantú postpositional case marking. Proceedings of the 34th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society: Special session on pidgins, creoles and mixed languages.

  22. Erkenbrack, Liz. 2009. Communicative commodity forms: Meaning-making in World of Warcraft. Language, Meaning and Society, 2: 8-32.

  23. Smith, Daymon. 2010. The Book of Mammon. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

  24. Berson, Josh. 2010. Intellectual property and cultural appropriation. Reviews in Anthropology 39(3): 201-228.

  25. Berson, Josh. 2010. Talking language to Whitefellas. History of Anthropology Newsletter 37(1): 3-18.

  26. Fleming, Luke and Michael Lempert, eds. 2011. The Unmentionable: Verbal Taboo and the Moral Life of Language. Special issue, Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 84, no. 1.

  27. Fleming, Luke and Michael Lempert. 2011. Introduction: Beyond Bad Words. Anthropological Quarterly 84 (1): 5-14.

  28. Fleming, Luke. 2011. Name taboos and rigid performativity. Anthropological Quarterly 84 (1): 141-164.

  29. Steinberg, Jonah. 2011. Isma’ili Modern: Globalization and Identity in a Muslim Community. University of North Carolina Press.

  30. Berson, Josh. 2012. Ideologies of descent in linguistics and law. Language and Communication, 32 (2): 137-146.

  31. Lempert, Michael.  2012. Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.  University of California Press.

  32. Swinehart, Karl and Kathryn Graber, eds. 2012. Language and Publics in Stateless Nations. Special issue, Language and Communication, vol. 32, no. 2.

  33. Fleming, Luke. 2012. Gender indexicality in the Native Americas: Contributions to the typology of social indexicality. Language in Society 41: 295-320.

  34. Swinehart, Karl & Kathryn Graber. 2012. Tongue-tied territories: Languages and publics in stateless nations. Language and Communication, 32 (2): 95-97.

  35. Krystal A. Smalls. 2012. 'We had lighter tongues': Making and mediating Gullah/Geechee personhood in the South Carolina lowcountry. Language and Communication 32 (2): 147-159.

  36. Swinehart, Karl F. 2012b. Metadiscursive regime and register formation on Aymara radio. Language and Communication 32 (2): 102-113.

  37. Swinehart, Karl F. 2012a. The enregisterment of Colla in a Bolivian (Camba) comedy. Social Text 113, 30 (4): 81-102.

  38. Limerick, Nicholas. 2012. Recontextualizing ideologies about social difference in New York Spanish-language newspaper advertising. Language and Communication 32 (4): 312-328.

  39. Faudree, Paja. 2013. Singing for the Dead: The Politics of Indigenous Revival in Mexico. Duke University Press.

  40. Pardo, Rebecca. 2013. Reality Television and the metapragmatics of racism. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 23 (1): 65-81

  41. Mortimer, Katherine S. 2013. Communicative event chains in an ethnography of Paraguayan language policy. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 219: 67-99.

  42. Berson, Josh. 2014 The Dialectal Tribe and the Doctrine of Continuity. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 56: 381–418.

  43. Fleming, Luke. 2015, Taxonomy and taboo: The (meta)pragmatic sources of semantic abstraction in avoidance registers. Journal of Lingusitic Antrhropology 25 (1): 43-65.

  44. Donaldson, Coleman. 2016. Manding reflexive verb constructions and registers in July of Burkina Faso. Mandenkan 56: 3-28.

  45. Leeds, Adam. 2016. Dreams in Cybernetic Fugue: Cold War Technoscience, the Intelligentsia, and the Birth of Soviet Mathematical Economics. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 46 (5):  633-668.

  46. Berson, Josh. 2017 The Topology of Endangered Languages. Signs and Society, 5: 96–123.

  47. Riofrancos, Thea. 2017. Extractivismo unearthed: a genealogy of a radical discourse. Cultural Studies, 31 (2/3): 277-306.

  48. Culver, Katherine. 2017. Courting legitimacy: Enregistering legal reasoning among US criminal trial jurors. Signs and Society, 5 (1): 1-34.

  49. Limerick, Nicholas. 2017. Kichwa or Quichua? Competing Alphabets, Political Histories, and Complicated Reading in Indigenous Languages. Comparative Education Review, 62(1): 103–124.

  50. Weinberg, Miranda. 2017. Taking down Barcelona in Kathmandu: Linguistic futures ins a student movement. Signs and Society, 5 (1): 69-95.