Jane Hill

Posted: November 2018

The LSA is saddened to report on the passing of Jane Hill, a Fellow of the Society since 2013.  Hill passed away on November 2.  Fellows are members of the Society who have made distinguished contributions to the discipline.  During her career at Wayne State University and the University of Arizona, Hill made innumerable contributions to Uto-Aztecan linguistics, as well as sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology more broadly.  Her notable publications include "Language death in Uto-Aztecan", "Hasta la vista baby: Anglo Spanish in the American Southwest", and The Everyday Language of White Racism.

Hill served as President of the Society for Lingusitic Anthropology (1993-1995), the American Anthropological Association (1997-1999), and the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (2001).  She is remembered as a respected academic, an admired mentor, and as a kind role model.