Anthropology Faculty

Sabina Perrino  Sabina Perrino

   Assistant Professor of Anthropology
   PhD, University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia, 2006
   Linguistic Anthropology
   Science 1, Room 221

Research Interests

Sabina Perrino is a linguistic anthropologist with a multidisciplinary interest in language and culture. She has conducted fieldwork in Senegal and among Senegalese migrants in Italy. Her past research examined the modernization of Senegalese ethnomedicine and drew on multi-sited fieldwork in both Senegal and Italy. Her recent research explores the politics of dialect revitalization in northern Italy, showing how language becomes racialized in everyday social life. In particular, she examines the relationship between Italian anxieties about foreign migrants in northern Italy and efforts by conservative political parties to preserve and promote "regional" culture, especially through the promotion of local Italian dialects. Sabina Perrino's research interests include tacit racism in everyday conversation; racialized language in joke-telling in northern Italy; new methods for studying oral narratives; language use in ethnomedical encounters and in political speeches; and transnational and globalizing aspects of language use.


2015. Jaffe, Alexandra, Michèle Koven, Sabina Perrino, and Cécile Vigouroux. "Heteroglossia, Performance, Power, and Participation." Language in Society. 44: 135-139.

2013. De Fina, Anna and Sabina Perrino. "Transnational Identities." Applied Linguistics 34 (5) (October 7): 509–515.

2011. De Fina, Anna, and Sabina Perrino. "Interviews vs. 'natural' Contexts: A False Dilemma." Special Issue. Language in Society 40 (01) (February 15): 1–11.

2007. Lempert, Michael and Sabina Perrino. "Temporalities in Text." Language and Communication.

Representative Articles/Book Chapters

2015. Performing Extracomunitari: Mocking Migrants in Veneto Barzellette. Language in Society, 44: 141-160.

2015. Chronotopes: Time and Space in Oral Narrative. In Handbook of Narrative Analysis, edited by Anna De Fina & Alexandra Georgakopolou. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell. (pp. 140-159).

2015. Narrating Authenticity in Northern Italian Historical Cafés. Language and Communication 40 (2015) 82–91.

2013. Veneto out of Italy? Dialect, Migration, and Transnational Identity. Applied Linguistics 34 (5): 574–591.

2011. Biomédecine Globale dans les Rencontres Ethnomédicales Sénégalaises. In Communication et Société Wolof: Héritage et Création, edited by C. Meyer, A. Diagne and S. Kesseler. Paris: L'Harmattan (pp. 389-421).

2011. Chronotopes of Story and Storytelling Event in Interviews. Language in Society 40 (01) (February 15): 91–103.

2011. De Fina, Anna, and Sabina Perrino. "Introduction: Interviews vs. 'natural' Contexts: A False Dilemma." Language in Society 40 (01) (February 15): 1–11.

2007. Lempert, Michael, and Sabina Perrino. "Introduction: Text-Time: Entextualization and the Ends of Temporality." Language and Communication, 27(3), 205-211.

2007. Cross-Chronotope Alignment in Senegalese Oral Narrative. Language & Communication 27 (3):227-244.

2007. Unintelligibility as Discourse Accessibility in a Senegalese Ethnomedical Encounter. Text & Talk 27 (4):463-482.

2005. Participant Transposition in Senegalese Oral Narrative. Narrative Inquiry 15 (2):345-375.

2002. Intimate Hierarchies and Qur'anic Saliva (Tëfli): Textuality in a Senegalese Ethnomedical Encounter. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 12 (2):225-259.

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Last Updated: 8/2/16