Linguistics | Field Methods
L431 | 18497 | Robert Botne
Prereq: LING L307 (Phonology); Recommended: LING L306 (Phonetics).
Section meets with LING L653.
Section open to undergraduates only.
Text: Newman, Paul, and Martha Ratliff (eds.). Linguistic
Fieldwork. Cambridge University Press. (2001)
Field Methods L431/L653
This course introduces students to techniques of data collection and
analysis through direct work with a speaker of a (usually) poorly
described and poorly documented African language. Students work with
the informant/speaker in class as well as 1 hour per week outside of
class. During the first semester of the two-semester sequence,
students learn techniques for eliciting, organizing, and analyzing
data, for preparing entries in a field dictionary, and for
organizing and preparing a grammatical sketch. They also consider
ethical problems in field research, health problems in the field,
and some of the social and psychological problems associated with
living alone in a foreign culture for an extended period of time.
By the end of the first semester, students are expected to have a
good grasp of the basic features of the phonology, morphology, and
syntax of the language under investigation. They are also expected
to prepare short dictionary entries and grammatical descriptions,
indicative both of their understanding of the material they have
elicited and their ability to present it in a coherent manner.