MakiharaMiki MakiharaMakihara Book Cover
Ph.D, Yale 1999

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Queens College-CUNY
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Office: Powdermaker Hall 312D
Phone: (718) 997-5513
Fax: (718) 997-2885
Email: miki.makihara@qc.cuny.edu





Research                                    Publications 




Miki Makihara is a linguistic anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology at Queens College and the Ph.D. Programs in Anthropology, Linguistics, and Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY). She studies communication and society, and is interested in understanding the ways in which interaction contributes to maintaining and transforming community and inequality. Her research combines ethnography, discourse analysis, and oral history. She has been engaged in long-term research on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and written about its sociolinguistic situation, multilingualism, Indigenous and ethnic identity formation, communicative ideologies, and language reclamation and revitalization. She is currently working on politics of stance-taking and social change.



Research Focus:
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Discourse analysis
  • Ethnography
  • Semiotics
  • Language and politics
  • Multilingual practices
  • Language contact
  • Language revitalization
  • Indigenous movements
  • Polynesia
  • The Pacific
  • Latin America

Courses Taught:
  • Language, Culture, and Society (104)
  • Language, Gender, and Ethnicity (239)
  • Language and Social Identity (280)
  • Voices of New York (388)
  • Anthropology of Bilingualism (330)
  • Globalization and Language (380)
  • Core Course in Linguistic Anthropology (Grad Center)
  • Language Ideologies and Practices (Grad CEnter)
Publications

Makihara, Miki. In press. Syncrétisme linguistique et idéologies langagières : transformation de la « diglossie coloniale » à Rapa Nui (Île de Pâques). In Créoles, pidgins et idéologies linguistiques dans le Pacifique, edited by Leslie Vandeputte and     Véronique Fillol. Paris: L’Harmattan. Cahiers du Pacifique sud contemporain. Paris, L’Harmattan. 

Makihara, Miki, and Bambi Schieffelin. In press. Rencontres interculturelles, trajectoires langagières et idéologies linguistiques dans les sociétés du Pacifique. In Créoles, pidgins et idéologies linguistiques dans le Pacifique, edited by Leslie Vandeputte and Véronique Fillol. Cahiers du Pacifique sud contemporain. Paris: L’Harmattan.

Makihara, Miki, and Juan Rodriguez A. 2020. Anthropology of Language Contact and its Sociocultural Contexts. In Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology, edited by J. Jackson Jr. Oxford University Press. PDF file

Rodriguez, Juan, and Miki Makihara. 2019. Postura, poder y política. Anuario de Glotopolítica 3. PDF file

Lane, Pia, and Miki Makihara. 2017. Indigenous Peoples and Their Languages. In Handbook of Language and Society, edited by Ofelia Garcia, Nelson Flores, and Max Spotti, pp. 299–319. Oxford University Press. PDF file

Alagözlü, Nuray, and Miki Makihara. 2015. Conflict Resolution Strategies in Turkish and American Speech Communities: A School Setting. International Online Journal of Education and Teaching (IOJET) 2(3):177–97. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2013. Language, Competence, Use, Ideology, and Community on Rapa Nui. Special issue on “Centering and Decentering Communicative Competence.” Language & Communication 33(4):439–49. Issue editors: Kuniyoshi Kataoka, Keiko Ikeda, and Niko Besnier. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2010. Linguistic Syncretism and Language Ideologies: Transforming Sociolinguistic Hierarchy on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). In Anthropological Linguistics: Theories and Practices, edited by Bambi Schieffelin and Paul Garrett, Vol. 5, pp. 182–203. Routledge. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2010. Anthropology. In Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity, 2nd edition, edited by Joshua A. Fishman and Ofelia García, pp.32-48. New York: Oxford University Press. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2009. Heterogeneity in Linguistic Practice, Competence, and Ideology: Language and Community on Easter Island. In The Native Speaker Concept: Ethnographic Investigations of Native Speaker Effects, edited by Neriko M. Doerr, pp.249-275. Mouton de Gruyter. PDF file

Tomlinson, Matt, and Miki Makihara. 2009. New Paths in the Linguistic Anthropology of Oceania. Annual Review of Anthropology 38:17-31. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2009. El lenguaje en Rapa Nui. In Kuhane Rapa Nui, en las islas del Pacífico, edited by Claudio Gómez and Marcos Rauch, pp.26-28. Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda.

Makihara, Miki, and Bambi B. Schieffelin (eds.). 2007. Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies. Oxford University Press.

Makihara, Miki, and Bambi B. Schieffelin. 2007. Cultural Processes and Linguistic Mediations: Pacific Explorations . In Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies, edited by Miki Makihara and Bambi Schieffelin, pp.3-29. New York: Oxford University Press. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2007. Linguistic Purism in Rapa Nui Political Discourse. In Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies, edited by Miki Makihara and Bambi Schieffelin, pp.49-69. New York: Oxford University Press. PDF file 

Makihara, Miki. 2005. Rapa Nui Ways of Speaking Spanish: Language Shift and Socialization on Easter Island. Language in Society 34(5): 727-762. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2005. Being Rapa Nui, Speaking Spanish: Children's Voices on Easter Island. Anthropological Theory 5(2):117-134. PDF file 

Makihara, Miki. 2005. Rapa Nui. In Encyclopedia of Anthropology, edited by H. James Birx, pp.1985-1989. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2004. Linguistic Syncretism and Language Ideologies: Transforming Sociolinguistic Hierarchy on Rapa Nui ( Easter Island ). American Anthropologist 106(3):529-540. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2002. Book review of Regimes of Language: Ideologies, Polities, and Identities, edited by Paul Kroskrity (Advanced Seminar Series, School of American Research Press , 2000). American Ethnologist 29(1):176-177.

Makihara, Miki. 2001. Modern Rapanui Adaptation of Spanish Elements. Oceanic Linguistics 40(2):191-222. PDF file

Makihara, Miki. 2001. Book review of Rongorongo : The Easter Island Script, History, Traditions, Texts, by Steven Roger Fischer (Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics, Oxford University Press, 1998 ). Anthropological Linguistics 43(1):111-115.

Makihara, Miki. 2001. Rapanui -Spanish Bilingualism.  Rongorongo Studies 11(1):25–42.

Makihara, Miki. 2001. Changing Rapanui Language and Identity.  In Pacific 2000. Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress on Easter Island and the Pacific, edited by C. M. Stevenson, G. Lee, and F.J. Morin, pp.425–428.  Los Osos , CA : Easter Island Foundation.

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