Franz Boas PapersWestern Social Science

John Leavitt



Ethnopoetics, Linguistic anthropology


John Leavitt is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montréal.  His doctoral research (PhD, U of Chicago) involved the recording and analysis of oral epic and religious literature of the Pahari-speaking Central Himalayan region of northern India, work that is ongoing (volume The Language of the Gods, in progress). He has also published on comparative mythology (special issue of the journal Anthropologie et Sociétés, 2005), spirit possession and its relation to language (edited volume Poetry and Prophecy: The Anthropology of Inspiration, 1997), and the history of ideas about language diversity (Linguistic Relativities: Language Diversity and Modern Thought, 2011).