This unit introduces students to gathering, organising and analysing linguistic data through direct work with a speaker of different language to the student. Students will carry out both collaborative group work and an individual project. A range of topics will be covered: the ethical and practical issues of working in the field, data collection techniques, data analysis and archiving. The aim is to document and analyse linguistic data by learning about tools and techniques for eliciting, recording, transcribing, archiving and presenting linguistic material, including the creation and use of digital audio and video data.
Orientation & goals of linguistic fieldwork
Workflow, language data management
Ethics of fieldwork
Collecting & recording language data
Transcription, translation and annotation
Beyond elicitation – spontaneous speech, texts, and conversations