Field linguistics: a minor manual

Dixon, R.M.W (2007) Field linguistics: a minor manual. STUF - Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung, 60 (1). pp. 12-31.

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This manual provides basic information concerning linguistic fieldwork. What is it? Why do it? The ethics involved. How to choose a field language and a field location. How to go about it. What to get - a comprehensive reference grammar (written in terms of basic linguistic theory), a volume of texts, and a dictionary/thesaurus. What to do: insofar as possible, become a member of the community (for 'immersion fieldwork'); analyse texts; only use elicitation at a late stage, within the language of study (not from a lingua franca). How to work with consultants (and some things which should be avoided). Writing up the grammar. There is a short final section concerning field methods courses in a university.

Item ID: 17789
Item Type: Article (Other)
ISSN: 0942-2919
Keywords: language description, grammar writing, fieldwork methodology, field methods courses
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 03:00
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200407 Lexicography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 100%
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