Susan Gal


Contact Information

Office: Haskell 237
Phone: (773) 702-2551
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(PhD, U California, Berkeley 1976) Mae & Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, of Linguistics, and of Social Sciences in the College, is presently doing research on the political economy of language, including linguistic nationalism, language and gender, and especially the rhetorical and symbolic aspects of political transformation in contemporary eastern Europe and post socialism generally. Her work focuses as well on the construction of gender and discourses of reproduction.

Selected Works

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
n.d. (with J.T. Irvine) Making a Difference: Communicative Ideologies and Sociocultural Differentiation (In preparation). Cambridge University Press.
2013 The Discourse Strategies of John Gumperz. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (forthcoming).
2013 Tastes of Talk: Qualia and the Moral Flavor of Signs. Anthrpological Theory, 31(1/2): 31-48.
2012 Sociolinguistic Regimes and the Management of “Diversity.” In M. Heller and A. Duchene, eds., Language in Late Capitalism: Pride and Profit. Routledge, 22-37. PDF
2011 Polyglott Nationalism: Linguistic Theories and Everyday Practice in 19th Century Hungary. Language et société, v. 136.. PDF
2009 Language and Political Space. In P. Auer & J.E. Schmidt, eds., Language and Space. Mouton de Gruyter, 33-50. PDF
2008 Perspective and the Politics of Representation. In A. Reyes & A. Lo, eds., Beyond Yellow English. Oxford University Press, 325-330.
2008 Hungarian as a Minority Language. In G. Extra & D. Gorter, eds., Multilingual Europe: Facts and Policies. Mouton de Gruyter, 207-232.
2006 (ed.) Gender and Circulation in East European Politics and Societies (Special Issue), East European Politics and Societies. 20:1:1-180. Contains: “Introduction: Gender and Circulation,” 1-14.
2006 Linguistic Anthropology. In K. Brown, ed., The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Second Edition. Elsevier. PDF
2006 Contradictions of standard language in Europe: Implications for the study of publics and practices. Social Anthropology. 14(2): 163-181.
2006 Minorities, migration and multilingualism: Language ideologies in Europe. In P. Stevenson & Mar-Molinaro, eds., Language Ideologies, Practices and Policies: Language and the Future of Europe . London: Palgrave.
2005 Language ideologies compared: Metaphors and circulations of public and private. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 15:1:23-37.
2003 Movements of feminism: The circulation of discourses about women. In B. Hobson, ed., Recognition Struggles and Social Movements: Contested Identities, Power and Agency. Cambridge U. Press, pp. 93-120. PDF
2002 A semiotics of the public/private distinction. Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. 13:1:77-95. PDF
2001 (with K. Woolard) (eds.) Languages and Publics: The Making of Authority. Contains “Introduction” and the article “Linguistic theories and national images in 19 th century Hungary ,” pp. 30-45. Manchester UK: St. Jerome’s Press.
2000 (with J.T. Irvine) Language ideology and linguistic differentiation. In P. Kroskrity, ed., Regimes of Language: Ideologies, Polities, and Identities. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, pp. 35-84.
2000 (with Gail Kligman) The Politics of Gender After Socialism: A Comparative Historical Essay.
2000 (with Gail Kligman) (eds.) Reproducing Gender: Politics, Publics and Everyday Life after Socialism. Princeton University Press. [Winner of the Heldt Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 2000.]
1998 Multiplicity and contestation among linguistic ideologies. In K. Woolard & B. Schieffelin, eds., Language Ideologies: Practice and Theory. Oxford University Press, pp. 317-331.
1997 Feminism and civil society. In J. Scott, C. Kaplan & D. Keats, eds., Transitions, Environments, Translations: Feminisms in International Politics. NY: Rutledge, pp. 30-45.
1995 (with J.T. Irvine) The boundaries of languages and disciplines: How ideologies construct difference. Social Research. 62:4:966-1001.
1995 Language and the ‘arts of resistance.’ Cultural Anthropology. 10:3:407-424
1994 Gender in the post-socialist transition: The abortion debate in Hungary. East European Politics and Societies 8:2:256-286. PDF
1991 Between speech and silence: The problematics of research on language and gender. In M. di Leonardo, ed., Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 175-203.
1991 Bartok’s funeral: Representations of Europe in Hungarian political rhetoric. American Ethnologist 18:3:440-458.
1978 Peasant Men Can't Get Wives: Language Change and Sex Roles in a Bilingual Community Language in Society 7:1:1-16. PDF