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Michael Silverstein

Science Talent Search – 1962

About Michael Silverstein*

Longtime University of Chicago professor and linguist Michael Silverstein helped define the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. He studied indigenous languages and the connections between human culture and language. Some of Silverstein’s most profound contributions were presented during his “Language in Culture” course, which he taught for 50 years. Silverstein was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1982 and, in 2014, he received the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology, one of the field’s highest honors. Silverstein competed in the 1962 STS.

* = Deceased

Talking About Things

Silverstein recalls how he became interested in linguistics, anthropology and indigenous languages in this clip from the American Philosophical Society documentary series “Talking About Things.”

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Notable Alumni - Michael Silverstein
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Silverstein was a dedicated and passionate teacher and said of his students, “Their interest, their engagement, is what keeps me interested in being a faculty member.”

Notable Alumni Michael Silverstein
The University of Chicago