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Alessandro Duranti is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. His research projects have focused on the
role of verbal and visual communication in political arenas, everyday life, and during music performance and rehearsals. Theoretically, he
has been interested in agency, intentionality and intersubjectivity. Methodologically, he has favored participant-observation and audio-visual
recordings of spontaneous interaction. His books include
The Samoan Fono: A Sociolinguistic Study (Pacific Linguistics Monographs, 1981),
From Grammar to Politics: Linguistic Anthropology in a Western Samoan Village (University of California Press, 1981), the textbook-treatise
Linguistic Anthropology (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and a number of edited volumes, among which:
Rethinking Context: Language as an Interactive Phenomenon (co-edited with C. Goodwin, Cambridge 1992),
A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology (Blackwell 2004) and
Handbook of Language Socialization (co-edited with E. Ochs and B.B. Schieffelin, Wiley-Blackwell 2012).
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship,
the UCLA Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, and the American Anthropological Association/Mayfield Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.