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Dr. Pamela Bunte

Dr. Pamela Bunte Title: Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics (Emeritus)     


Master’s Degree: 1974, French, Indiana University; 1977, Anthropology, Indiana University
Ph.D.: 1979, Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Teaching/Research Interests:

Dr. Bunte was a linguistic anthropologist specializing in American Indian language and cultures. Her work  included research with the San Juan Southern Paiute community on language socialization, verbal art, intercultural communication, and language maintenance/revitalization. A number of graduate students participated in linguistic fieldwork with the San Juan Paiute. She  worked with the San Juan Paiute Tribe on their successful federal recognition case and have continued to work with the San Juan Paiute Tribe on land claims and other applied projects. She also worked with a team of CSULB graduate students on the Little Shell Chippewa of Montana Federal recognition project for the Native American Rights Fund. In addition to her Native American research, she was involved in both applied and linguistic anthropology projects with the Cambodian community in Long Beach.

Courses Taught:

  • ANTH 170: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ANTH 321: North American Indians
  • ANTH 413/LING 413: Language and Culture
  • ANTH 421/LING 425: Education across Cultures
  • ANTH 412: Culture and Communication
  • ANTH 530/LING 533: Ethnography of Communication
  • ANTH 560: Ethnographic Field Methods
  • ANTH 570/LING 580: Linguistic Field Methods
  • ANTH 630: Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology

Publications and Professional Presentations:

  • “Verbal Artistry in Southern Paiute Narratives: Reduplication as a Stylistic Process.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 12 (1).
  • 2001. “Translating a Southern Paiute Constitution: a case study of language maintenance,” with Robert Franklin. In Ken Hale and Leanne Hinton, eds., The Green Book: Case Studies of Language Maintenance and Revitalization. New York: Academic Press.
  • 1994. “You can’t get there from here: Taking Southern Paiute testimony as intercultural communication,” with Robert Franklin. Anthropological Linguistics 34 (published in 1994, but volume date is 1992).
  • 1988. “San Juan Southern Paiute numerals and mathematics,” with Robert Franklin. In In honor of Mary Haas: From the Haas Festival Conference on Native American Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1986. “Subordinate Clauses in Southern Paiute.” International Journal of American Linguistics 52(3): 275-300.