Dell Hymes

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Dell Hathaway Hymes (June 7, 1927 – November 13, 2009) was a linguist, sociolinguist, anthropologist, and folklorist who established disciplinary foundations for the comparative, ethnographic study of language use.


  • editor, Reinventing Anthropology, New York: Pantheon, 1972.
  • Ethnography, Linguistics, Narrative Inequality: Toward an Understanding of Voice, London: Taylor & Francis, 1996; 2004, IA.