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Linda Light

Title: Lecturer in Anthropology
Phone: (562) 985-5189
Office: LA5-161

Education History

M.A. in Anthropology, CSULB 1995
Single-Subject Teaching Credential CSULB 1984
M.A. in Linguistics, CSULB 1982
B.A. in French and Secondary Education, University of Colorado, Boulder 1962


Courses Taught

ANTH 120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH/LING 170 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 363I Implications of Human Language
ANTH 412I Culture and Communication
ANTH/LING 413 Language and Culture
ANTH 475/LING 470/WSS 475 Language and Gender

Research Focus and Teaching Specialties

Linguistic Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology



Served as Academic Advisor for design of three telecourses, in Physical Anthropology (which won an Emmy in 2008), Cultural Anthropology (which was nominated for an Emmy in 2009), and Four-Fields Anthropology; and as Lead Advisor on seven of the videos in the Cultural series. Co-wrote the Student Guide Workbook for the Cultural Anthropology telecourse.


Selected Publications

  • Thesis for Master’s Degree in Anthropology: Status of Native Language Survival in a Guatemalan Maya Community in Los Angeles, CSULB 1995
  • “Language Survival, Biodiversity Survival, and Anthropologists,” Presented at CSU Fullerton, 2006
  • “Whorf Revisited: Metaphor and Public Discourse During a Time of Crisis,” Presented at annual meeting of Society of Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC), Ft. Lauderdale, 2002
  • “Teaching Linguistics in the Cultural Anthropology Class: Why, What, When and How,” published in Teaching Anthropology SACC Notes, Vol 8, No. 2, Spring 2002; and presented at the Annual Meeting of SACC in Oaxaca, Mexico, 2001
  • “Code Switching Among Guatemalan Q’anjob’al Mayas in Los Angeles,” presented at Annual Conference of American Anthropological Association, Washington DC, 1995