I have taught linguistic and sociocultural anthropology at UCLA, UCSD, and Goethe University Frankfurt. My classes span topics such as culture and communication, language contact and multilingualism, ethnographic methods, Indigenous South America, gender, religion, and human–nonhuman communication. I frequently use findings from my own research to teach a particular topic, as in the video below.
The video is from a lecture I gave online at UCLA in 2020 during Covid-19 on linguistic differentiation and metalinguistic awareness. Using examples from my own ethnographic research with the Aché, I discuss what it means for two languages to be actually perceived as two different languages. The video illustrates codeswitching, language mixing, and metalinguistic awareness, and gives an overview over phenomenological theory including concepts such as intentionality, constitution, and phenomenological modification.
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