Understanding Linguistic Fieldwork offers a diverse and practical introduction to research methods used in field linguistics. Designed to teach students how to collect quality linguistic data in an ethical and responsible manner, the key features include:
This book is essential reading for students studying modules relating to linguistic fieldwork or those looking to embark upon field research.
"This book aims to be a one-stop introduction to fieldwork as it is currently conceived, covering not only the expected topics, but also a variety of areas that are not standardly found in the fieldwork literature, including sign language, child language acquisition, contact languages, and verbal arts, all areas that figure prominently in language documentation today. It will be an invaluable resource for the novice fieldworker, with much of value for the experienced one as well."
Keren Rice, University of Toronto, Canada
"The authors take exquisite account of the community contexts in which linguistic documentation and discovery unfold, which they work into a humanistically and scientifically rich, holistic introduction to the subject."
Anthony C. Woodbury, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
List of Figures
List of Tables
2. Planning for fieldwork
3. Equipment and recording
4. Data management, annotation and archiving
5. Phonetics and Phonology
7. Semantic fieldwork and lexicography
8. Sign and gesture
9. Child language acquisition
10. Contact Languages
11. Verbal art
12. A final word
Map of major languages referred to in this book
Answers to Exercises
Glossary and Abbreviations