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Linguistic Fieldwork A Student Guide

ISBN-10: 0521837278

ISBN-13: 9780521837279

Edition: 2011

Authors: Jeanette Sakel, Daniel L. Everett

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A handy beginner's guide, this textbook introduces the various stages of linguistic fieldwork, from the preparation of the work to the presentation of the results. Drawing on over forty years of fieldwork experience between them, in over two dozen languages, the authors pack the book with examples and anecdotes from their experiences and include practical exercises for students to test what they have learned. Independent of any particular perspective, the methods can be applied to a wide range of fieldwork settings, for projects with very different theoretical backgrounds and without the need to travel too far. The book covers 'traditional fieldwork' such as language description and documentation, as well as less typical methods, including language contact and quantitative studies with experiments or questionnaires.
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Book details

List price: $130.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/2/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Jeanette Sakel is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Daniel L. Everett is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: what is linguistic fieldwork?
A definition of fieldwork
Overview: the following chapters
Summary and further reading
Fieldwork projects: two examples
Fieldwork project 1. Moset�n in Bolivia: text-collection, transcription, analysis and elicitation
Fieldwork project 2. Somali in contact with English: setting up a fieldwork project
Summary and further reading
The languages
Bilingual and monolingual fieldwork
Bilingual fieldwork
Monolingual fieldwork
Learning the language(s)
Types of language data
Types of languages
Major languages and languages with many speakers
'Small' languages and endangered languages
Well-described versus little-studied languages
Working on a language that you speak
How to find a language to work on
Summary and further reading
The people
The speakers
Speakers' language use and proficiency
Contacting a language community
Selecting the speakers
The main teachers
Other speakers
The linguist
The significance of the first day
The role of the linguist among the speakers
Teamwork among linguists
Other parties
The language community
Organizations in the area or in related fields
Other researchers
Conflicting interests
Fieldwork ethics
Information and consent
Payment and working conditions
Training language teachers
Helping the community
Ethics for the dissemination of the data and the results
Summary and further reading
Fieldwork preparation
Linguistic prefield preparation
Research questions
Choose a mentor
Prefield literature review
Computers and tools
Financing your fieldwork
Funding proposals for PhD theses and beyond
Ethics application
The place and timing of fieldwork
Considerations for remote fieldwork
Culture and relations
Paperwork and bureaucracy
Vaccinations and medicals
Medical training
Basic fieldwork equipment
Additional equipment
Consumable study supplies
How long to stay
Accommodation
Travel arrangements
Summary and further reading
Fieldwork methods
Types of research method
Qualitative methods
Quantitative methods
Mixed methods
Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies
Metadata, recordings and field notes
Text data
Transcription
Translation
Glossing
Elicitation
Types of elicitation
Limits of elicitation
Ethical considerations for elicitation
Monolingual elicitation
Third-party interpreters
Group teaching, serial teaching and individual teachers
Quantitative questionnaires and structured interviews
Questionnaires
Structured interviews
Experiments and stimulus tests
Participant observation
Integrating ethnography and fieldwork
Summary and further reading
The outcomes
The fieldwork corpus
Archiving
Presenting methodology and results
Presenting the results of qualitative studies
Presenting the results of quantitative studies
Grammars
Dictionaries
Language documentation
Summary and further reading
Perspectives on the history of fieldwork
Phonology questionnaire
Notes to chapters
References
Index