Abstracts - Merlan
Grammar, Poetics and Social Relations: Chicago to Sahul
Australian National University
This will be a bit of an outside- and inside- the academy biographical and occupational sketch, with lots of connections between them. I'll say a little about Alan's background, and then about the formative things he chose and was encouraged in while at the University of Chicago for a total of ten years. This will require saying a word or two each about the mentors I see as having fostered and built on some of Alan's natural inclinations: Marshall Sahlins, Paul Friedrich, Michael Silverstein, and Eric Hamp.