Graduate Groups in Anthropology, Linguistics, History & Sociology of Science, South Asian Studies, International Studies, and Education

Director, Penn Semiotics Lab   

Editor-in-Chief, Signs and Society   

President, Society for Linguistic Anthropology



Books and Edited volumes

2015. Registers of Communication. Agha and Frog, editors. Studia Fennica Linguistica 18. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society   

2011.  Mediatized Communication in Complex Societies. A. Agha, Guest Editor, special issue of Language and Communication, vol. 31, no.3    

2007. Language and Social Relations. Cambridge University Press. 

2005. Discourse Across Speech events: Intertextuality and Interdiscursivity in Social Life. Special issue, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 15 (1), Asif Agha and Stanton Wortham, Guest Editors.

1993. Structural Form and Utterance Context in Lhasa Tibetan: Grammar and Indexicality in a Non-configurational Language. Monographs in Linguistics and Philosophy of Language. New York: Peter Lang, 


2017 Money talk and conduct from cowries to bitcoin. Signs and Society, 5(2): 293-355.

2015a Tropes of branding in forms of life. Signs and Society 3 (S1): 174-194

2015b Chronotopic formulations and kinship behaviors in social history. Anthropological Quarterly 88 (2): 549-564.

2015c Growing up bilingual in Copenhagen. In Everyday Languaging: Collaborative Research on the Language Use of Children and Youth. L. Madsen, M.S. Karrebaek, and J. Moller editors, pp. 243-253 Trends in Applied Linguistics. Mouton de Gruyter.

2015d An Introduction to Registers of Communication (by Agha and Frog). In Registers of Communication. Agha and Frog, editors, pp. 13-23. Studia Fennica Linguistica 18. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society.

2015e Enregisterment and communication in social history. In Registers of Communication. Agha and Frog, editors, pp. 27-53. Studia Fennica Linguistica 18. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society

2015f Tropes of slang. Signs and Society 3(2): 306-330.

2012 Mediatized projects at State peripheries. Language and Communication 32(2): 98-101

2011a Commodity registers. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 21(1): 22-53.

2011b Meet mediatization. Language and Communication 31(3): 163-170.

2011c Small and large scale forms of personhood. Language and Communication 31(3): 171-180.

2010 Recycling mediatized personae across participation frameworks. Pragmatics and Society 1(2): 311-319

2009a Honorific Language. In Pragmatics Encyclopedia, 1st Edition, pp.224-227, Louise Cummings, ed. Oxford: Routledge. 

2009c What do bilinguals do? A commentary. In Beyond Yellow English: Towards a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America, pp. 253-260, Angela Reyes and Adrienne Lo, eds., New York: Oxford University Press

2007a The object called “language” and the subject of linguistics. Journal of English Linguistics 35 (3): 217-235

2007b. Recombinant selves in mass mediated space-time. Language and Communication 27: 320-335.

2005a Introduction: Semiosis across encounters. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 15 (1): 1-5.

2005b Voice, footing, enregisterment. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 15 (1): 38-59.

2004 Registers of Language. In A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology, pp. 23-45, Alessandro Duranti, ed. New York and Oxford: Blackwell

2003a The social life of cultural value. Language  and Communication 23 (3/4): 231-273.

2003b Tibetan Book of the Dead. In Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, pp. 896-898, Robert Kastenbaum, editor. New York: Macmillan

2002 Honorific Registers. In Culture, Interaction and Language, pp. 21-63, Kuniyoshi Kataoka and Sachiko Ide, eds. Tokyo: Hituzisyobo.

1999 Register. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 9(1-2): 216-219

1998a Stereotypes and registers of honorific language. Language in Society 27 (2): 151-194.

1998b Form and function in Urdu-Hindi verb inflection. Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics 1: 105-133.

1997a ‘Concept’ and ‘communication’ in evolutionary terms. Semiotica 116 (2/4): 189-215.

1997b Tropic aggression in the Clinton-Dole presidential debate.  Pragmatics 7 (4): 461-497.

1996a Schema and superposition in spatial deixis. Anthropological Linguistics 38 (4): 643-682.

1996b Rhetoric. In Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology, 3: 1115-1119, David Levinson and Melvin Ember, eds., New York: Henry Holt.

1995 Process and personality. Semiotica 107 (1/2): 125-146.

1994a Honorification. Annual Review of Anthropology, 23: 277-302.

1994b The semantics and pragmatics of verb classifiers in Urdu-Hindi. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 20: 14-27. 

1993 Grammatical and indexical convention in honorific discourse. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 3 (2): 131-163.

Media Activities

Interview, All Things Considered with Robert Siegel, National Public Radio, May 3, 2005. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4633769

Panelist, “The Rhetoric of the Presidential Debates,” Odyssey, A Daily Talk Show of ideas, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, hosted by Gretchen Helfrich, October 20, 2004. http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/audio_library/od_raoct04.asp#20

Panelist, “Language & Political Identity,” Odyssey, A Daily Talk Show of ideas, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, hosted by Gretchen Helfrich, September 12, 2002. http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/audio_library/od_rasep02.asp#020912