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Linguistic Fieldwork
A Practical Guide
 
 
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Linguistic Fieldwork is a practical guide to all the steps in linguistic fieldwork, from planning where to work to applying for funding, from the first session on a new language to writing up the data, from turning on the recorder to depositing the recordings in an archive: Claire Bowern provides a realistic account of the process of linguistic fieldwork. Doing field research isn't like working in the lab with chemicals: both the field worker and their consultants are real people who interact in complex ways. This book is a guide to conducting that interaction in order to produce research which benefits not only the linguistic community, but also language speakers. Given the rapidity of decline in global linguistic diversity, the next 30 years will be crucial for future knowledge of languages all over the world.


Description

Linguistic Fieldwork is a practical guide to all the steps in linguistic fieldwork, from planning where to work to applying for funding, from the first session on a new language to writing up the data, from turning on the recorder to depositing the recordings in an archive: Claire Bowern provides a realistic account of the process of linguistic fieldwork. Doing field research isn't like working in the lab with chemicals: both the field worker and their consultants are real people who interact in complex ways. This book is a guide to conducting that interaction in order to produce research which benefits not only the linguistic community, but also language speakers. Given the rapidity of decline in global linguistic diversity, the next 30 years will be crucial for future knowledge of languages all over the world.


Reviews

'Good book! We will use it in our field methods course and recommend it to our students who engage in fieldwork…[it] addresses issues that every new field linguist has to face, but that are not discussed much in other sources. It is very useful as a beginner's introduction'. - Anthropological Linguistics

'[It] is very directly oriented to students in a field methods class or similar sort of course, with the focus on clarity and detail of information, while also making direct reference from time to time to Bowern's own experiences as a fieldworker'. – Australian Journal of Linguistics

'Bowern's Linguistic Fieldwork: A Practical Guide is an excellent contribution. It offers a comprehensive, thorough approach to virtually all aspects of fieldwork, with meticulous attention to details, many of which only an experienced fieldworker could anticipate…A particularly noteworthy feature of the book is the supplements to the text…Most noteworthy of all is the website that accompanies the book…This is an extremely useful resource and will prolong the lifespan of the book…The book is an excellent resource both for use in a field methods class and for actual on-site fieldwork, and gives though to both types of context when presenting suggestions for data collection and elicitation…[It] is the most comprehensive and up-to-date linguistic field manual currently available'. – Linguistic Typology

'This book provides a nice compact introduction to linguistic fieldwork, especially valuable for going beyond elicitation methods into essentials such as funding, ethics, and technology. Written in a non-technical, easy to follow style, it would be an excellent starting point for a beginner, and it offers some tips that even experienced fieldworkers will find useful.' – Language Documentation & Conservation

'This engaging textbook covers all conceivable aspects of fieldwork, from the preparation stage of writing grant proposals and obtaining visas, to the final stages of archiving the data…This book is designed both for students taking a field methods class, and for those undertaking fieldwork in a community other than their own…In sum, this is an extremely readable, interesting, and useful book, which I would definitely recommend.' – Project Muse


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Technology in the Field
Starting to Work on a Language
Data Organisation and Archiving
Fieldwork on Phonetics and Phonology
Eliciting: Basic Morphology and Syntax
Further Morphology and Syntax
Lexical and Semantic Data and Dictionary Making
Discourse, Pragmatics and Narrative Data
Consultants and Field Locations
Ethical Field Research
Grant Application Writing
Working with Existing Materials
Fieldwork Results
Appendices
References
Index


Authors

CLAIRE BOWERN is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Rice University, USA and a member of the Australian National University's Centre for Research on Language Change. Her primary areas of research are language documentation/description and historical linguistics, particularly in Northern Australia.