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SCAALA, The South and Central American Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology, is a yearly conference on Linguistic Anthropology with a focus on South and Central American, and Caribbean, countries and regions. Scholars from around the world gather to engage in various fields surrounding Linguistic Anthropology, though this in no way limits interest to those working on South, and Central America, and on the Caribbean, nor simply to Linguistic Anthropologists, Linguistics, or Anthropologists. Networking multiple universities, the conference venue shifts yearly, where the Conference Main Committee, advised by the Conference Scientific committee, collaborates with the respective universities for each conference.

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General aims

To elicit new understandings of Linguistic Anthropology, by centering research and rhetoric on South and Central American, and Caribbean contexts, and a network of related fields.

To contribute significantly to the advanced efforts of other global societies and organizations in Linguistic Anthropology, such as the SLA (Society for Linguistic Anthropology), The JLA (the Journal for Linguistic Anthropology), the AAA (the American Anthropological Association), The JAT (the Journal of Anthropological theory), the Annual Review of Anthropology, and others.

To strengthen conceptions, and interest in Linguistic Anthropology in South and Central America, and to increasingly connect scholars working in and on South and Central American regions, and Caribbean regions, with those in other regions.

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Development of first / Central committee
Formation of Scientific committee
Endorsement by the American Anthropological Association


Development of network throughout South and Central America
Affiliation with official publishing partner, Taylor and Francis Global Publishers


Inaugural annual SCAALA


Second annual SCAALA