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Linguistic Fieldwork - Paul Newman

Linguistic Fieldwork

By: Paul Newman (Editor), Martha Ratliff (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th September 2001
ISBN: 9780521669375
Number Of Pages: 288

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This collection of original essays on the practice of linguistic fieldwork and language documentation by twelve leading field linguists considers the study of languages in a natural setting. Drawing on extensive research experience, the authors review those techniques that work best in practice, and discuss a variety of relevant topics, including the attitude of the linguist, the structure and content of the work session, the varied roles of native speakers, and the practical and personal challenges of doing research in an unfamiliar environment.

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'This collection will play an invaluable role in maintaining the growing renewal of interest in an area of linguistics which for a good number of years has been neglected.' Forum for Modern Language Studies '... there are certainly no bad essays here ... Several of the essays are enhanced by photographs, and the quality of the proofreading is excellent ... Before the appearance of this book, budding linguistic fieldworkers had often to learn about the nitty-gritty of fieldwork through conversations with existing fieldworkers, or through reading the introductions to grammars and other works which are the fruit of fieldwork. This book, with its zest and flashes of humour, will give new fieldworkers a good idea of what to expect in the field, and at least some inkling of why people go there - and why they usually return again and again.' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Introduction Paul Newman and Martha Ratliff
Fieldwork as a state of mind Larry
Who shapes the record: the speaker and the linguist
Places and people: field sites and informants
Ulwa (Southern Sumu): the beginnings of a language research project
Escaping Eurocentrism: fieldwork as a process of unlearning
Surprises in Sutherland: linguistic variability amidst social uniformity
The role of text collection and elicitation in linguistic fieldwork
Monolingual field research
The give and take of fieldwork: noun classes and other concerns in Fatick, Senegal Fiona McLaughlin and Thierno
Phonetic Fieldwork
Learning as one goes
The last speaker is dead - long live the last speaker!
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ISBN: 9780521669375
ISBN-10: 0521669375
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 11th September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.55  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.48