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Interests: Courses Taught:
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Language and identity
  •  Language Contact
  •  Linguistic Ideology
  •  Pacific Societies
  • Language, Culture and Society (104)
  • Language, Gender, and Ethnicity (239)
  • Language and Social Identity (280)
  • Voices of New York (288)
  • Anthropology of Bilingualism (330)
  • Multilingualism and Globalization (380)
  • Core Course in Linguistic Anthropology (Grad Center)

  •    Field Research:          
    I have been interested in the use and conception of language and how these relate to aspects of social life, in particular, to social identity, intergroup relations, and political and economic changes. My research combines linguistic analysis and interpretive ethnography. I am currently working on the “Rapa Nui Cultural and Linguistic Heritage Project,” to explore memory, social change, and language through oral history narratives. This NSF-NEH financed project will also build community resources for the documentation and revitalization of the Rapa Nui language by creating a digital archive of oral history narratives.
       Selected Publications:          
  • Makihara, Miki. 2010. Anthropology. In Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity, 2nd edition, edited by Joshua A. Fishman and Ofelia García, pp.32-48. New York: Oxford University Press. PDF file

  • Makihara, Miki. 2009. Heterogeneity in Linguistic Practice, Competence, and Ideology: Language and Community on Easter Island. In The Native Speaker Concept: Ethnographic Investigations of Native Speaker Effects, edited by Neriko M. Doerr, pp.249-275. Mouton de Gruyter. PDF file

  • Tomlinson, Matt, and Miki Makihara. 2009. New Paths in the Linguistic Anthropology of Oceania. Annual Review of Anthropology 38:17-31. PDF file

  • Makihara, Miki. 2009. El lenguaje en Rapa Nui. In Kuhane Rapa Nui, en las islas del Pacífico, edited by Claudio Gómez and Marcos Rauch, pp.26-28. Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda.

  • Makihara, Miki, and Bambi B. Schieffelin (eds.). 2007. Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies. Oxford University Press.

  • Makihara, Miki, and Bambi B. Schieffelin. 2007. Cultural Processes and Linguistic Mediations: Pacific Explorations . In Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies, edited by Miki Makihara and Bambi Schieffelin, pp.3-29. New York: Oxford University Press. PDF file

  • Makihara, Miki. 2007. Linguistic Purism in Rapa Nui Political Discourse. In Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies, edited by Miki Makihara and Bambi Schieffelin, pp.49-69. New York: Oxford University Press. PDF file

  • Makihara, Miki. 2005. Rapa Nui Ways of Speaking Spanish: Language Shift and Socialization on Easter Island. Language in Society 34(5): 727-762. PDF file

  • Makihara, Miki. 2005. Being Rapa Nui, Speaking Spanish: Children's Voices on Easter Island. Anthropological Theory 5(2):117-134. PDF file

  • Makihara, Miki. 2005. Rapa Nui. In Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by H. James Birx, pp.1985-1989. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage. PDF file

  • Makihara, Miki. 2004. Linguistic Syncretism and Language Ideologies: Transforming Sociolinguistic Hierarchy on Rapa Nui ( Easter Island ). American Anthropologist 106(3):529-540. PDF file

  • Makihara, Miki. 2002. Book review of Regimes of Language: Ideologies, Polities, and Identities, edited by Paul Kroskrity (Advanced Seminar Series, School of American Research Press , 2000). American Ethnologist 29(1):176-177.

  • Makihara, Miki. 2001. Modern Rapanui Adaptation of Spanish Elements. Oceanic Linguistics 40(2):191-222. PDF file

  • Makihara, Miki. 2001. Book review of Rongorongo : The Easter Island Script, History, Traditions, Texts, by Steven Roger Fischer (Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics, Oxford University Press, 1998 ). Anthropological Linguistics 43(1):111-115.

  • Makihara, Miki. 2001. Rapanui -Spanish Bilingualism.  Rongorongo Studies 11(1):25–42.

  • Makihara, Miki. 2001. Changing Rapanui Language and Identity.  In Pacific 2000. Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress on Easter Island and the Pacific, edited by C. M. Stevenson, G. Lee, and F.J. Morin, pp.425–428.  Los Osos , CA : Easter Island Foundation.



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    Department of Anthropology, Queens College of the City University of New York
    Powdermaker Hall 314, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing NY, 11367
    Anthropology Department
    Miki Makihara  

    Associate Professor  
    Ph.D. Yale 1999  
          
          
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