Linguistic Fieldwork: A Practical Guide by Claire Bowern (auth.)

By Claire Bowern (auth.)

Linguistic Fieldwork bargains sensible information on parts reminiscent of making use of for investment, the 1st consultation on a brand new language, writing up the information and returning fabrics to groups. This extended moment version offers new content material at the result of examine, on prosody elicitation, on box test layout, and on operating in advanced syntax.

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Another possibility if you don’t want to take a computer is a tablet. If you just want to type your notes for later interlinearisation, this can be effective. You can also buy portable printers for them. Advantages include portability, long battery life, and the possibility of adding a fullsized keyboard, but disadvantages include the very small screen size and limited program functionality. Taking a tablet instead of a computer implies that you have a way of duplicating and transcribing your recordings that doesn’t involve a laptop.

You need to find a field site, gather the previous materials on the language, plan your early elicitation sessions, and work out how you’re going to find people to work with. You probably also need to apply for human subjects research approval and take care of the associated paperwork. In a field methods class, all of this is done by the instructor. Usually you are not permitted to look at previous materials, and instead in the class you will rely completely on your own data and judgements. However, this chapter is concerned with what to do when you arrive in the field and start elicitation, or when you start your first field methods class.

I find these microphones less useful in my field site than a tripod-mounted mic because they are more difficult to forget about and they counteract my aim of producing a non-threatening recording environment (that is, one that is a general conversation that happens to Technology in the Field 25 be recorded). I never know how many people are going to turn up to the session and how many people are going to speak. Having a microphone that can be passed around is more useful in such situations. Moreover, using lapel microphones presupposes that the speaker is wearing clothes that the microphone can be clipped to without touching anything, such as a collared shirt.

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