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Christopher BallChristopher Ball

Assistant Professor
(PhD, University of Chicago, 2007)
616 Flanner Hall

Geographic focus: Brazil, Japan

Thematic interests: Linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, discourse and interaction, cultural symbolism, and the politics of communication

Current research: The political economy of language in Amazonian ritual performance and development; narrative, place, and territorialization in Brazil’s Xingu Indigenous Park; dialect, religious historicity, and local revitalization in rural Japan.

Selected publications

  • “Kinship Chronotopes,” ed. with Nicholas Harkness, special issue, Anthropological Quarterly 88, 2 (Spring 2015)

  • “Avoidance as Alterity Stance: Naming in an Xinguan Chronotope of Affinity” in “Kinship Chronotopes,” Christopher Ball and Nicholas Harkness eds., special issue, Anthropological Quarterly 88, 2 (April 2015)

  • “On Dicentization,” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 24, 3 (August 2014)

  • “Linguistic Subjectivity in Ecologies of Amazonian Language Change” in Salikoko Mufwene, ed., Iberian Imperialism and Language Evolution in Latin America (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

  • “Negation in Wauja Discourse” in Lev Michael and Tania Granadillo, eds., Negation in Arawak (Brill, 2014)

  • “Stop Loss: Developing Interethnic Relations in Brazil’s Xingu Indigenous Park,” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 17, 3 (2012)

  • “Boasian Legacies in Linguistic Anthropology: A Centenary Review of 2011,” American Anthropologist 115, 2 (2012)

  • “As Spirits Speak: Interaction in Wauja Exoteric Ritual,” Journal de la Société des Américanistes 97, 1 (2012)

  • “Inalienability in Social Relations: Language, Possession, and Exchange in Amazonia,” Language in Society 40, 3 (2011)

  • “Pragmatic Multilingualism in the Upper Xingu Speech Community,” in Bruna Franchetto, ed., Alto Xingu: Uma Sociedade Multilíngue (Museu do Indio/FUNAI, 2011)




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