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Dr Alice Mitchell


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate currently working on children’s acquisition of concepts relating to kinship and family, with a focus on Datooga-speaking children of Tanzania. This research forms part of the VariKin project.

My research interests are in linguistic anthropology, interactional sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and language documentation and description. I am particularly interested in applying the methods of interactional linguistics to the ethnographic study of social relations. My doctoral research investigated in-law name avoidance practices among Datooga women in everyday interaction, exploring how their language use constructs relations of gender, kinship, and seniority.

Before coming to Bristol, I spent one year as a Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Afrikanistik department at the University of Hamburg, where I worked on person reference in Datooga interaction. 



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