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Dean Wortham receives Edward Sapir Prize

Award honors books on language and society

Lynch School Dean Stanton Wortham

On November 19, the Society for Linguistic Anthropology awarded its 2016 Edward Sapir Book Prize to Stanton Wortham, the Lynch School’s Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean, and his coauthor Angela Reyes for their book Discourse Analysis beyond the Speech Event (Routledge, 2015). Drawing on modern linguistic anthropology, it presents a method for analyzing patterns in everyday discourse—conversations and written communications—and how they contribute to the development of identities and social organization.

Reyes is a professor in the English Department at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), and an associate professor in the Anthropology Department at CUNY's Graduate Center. The Sapir Prize, which is given each year, honors outstanding contributions to the understanding of language’s influence on society and history.

—John Shakespear