Hello! I’m Anna Bax.

I'm a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I use she/her pronouns.

My CV can be found here.

As a sociocultural linguist, I believe that the linguistic is always political.

Photo credit:  Le. René Media

Photo credit: Le. René Media

My work has multiple strands, which tie together applied, theoretical, structural, and sociocultural approaches:

  • I study language and identity with Tu’un Savi (Mixtec)-speaking communities in California, with a particular focus on youth’s multilingual identity practices in the face of first-generation language shift. I also work on community-led language reclamation, documentation, and maintenance projects.

  • I use linguistic theories and methodologies to analyze acts of discursive world-building, particularly among powerful groups in American society.

  • I do collaborative linguistics outreach and education — with speech-language pathologists, public high school students, and Indigenous youth — and search for ways that linguists can apply our research findings to intervene in incorrect or oppressive ideologies about marginalized languages and groups of speakers.

All of these strands are linked by a focus on the intersection between language and social justice.

Upcoming Events

  • At the AAA/CASCA annual meeting in Vancouver in November, I’ll be presenting a paper entitled “Language professionalization as a trigger for language-ideological revalorization in a Mixtec immigrant community” on Sonya Rao and Edwin Everhart’s panel “Redefining the Language Professional: Shifting Duties and Changing Institutional Climates” (Thursday 11/21, 4:15-6:00pm).

  • At the LSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans in January 2020, my coauthor Rachel Enevoldsen (CCC-SLP) and I will present a paper entitled “Linguist-speech pathologist collaboration as service-in-return to speakers of minority languages” (Saturday 1/4, 3:30-4:00pm).

  • At the 2020 SSILA Winter Meeting in New Orleans in January, I’ll present a paper called “How a Swadesh list became a tool for sibling language socialization in the Mixtec diaspora” (Sunday 1/5, 10:30-11:00am).