The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Fieldwork

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This book offers a state-of-the-art guide to linguistic fieldwork, reflecting its collaborative nature across the subfields of linguistics and disciplines such as astronomy, anthropology, biology, musicology, and ethnography. Experienced scholars and fieldworkers explain the methods and approaches needed to understand a language in its full cultural context and to document it accessibly and enduringly. They consider the application of new technological approaches to recording and documentation, but never lose ...

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Overview

This book offers a state-of-the-art guide to linguistic fieldwork, reflecting its collaborative nature across the subfields of linguistics and disciplines such as astronomy, anthropology, biology, musicology, and ethnography. Experienced scholars and fieldworkers explain the methods and approaches needed to understand a language in its full cultural context and to document it accessibly and enduringly. They consider the application of new technological approaches to recording and documentation, but never lose sight of the crucial relationship between subject and researcher. The book is timely: an increased awareness of dying languages and vanishing dialects has stimulated the impetus for recording them as well as the funds required to do so. The Handbook is an indispensable source, guide, and reference for everyone involved in linguistic and cultural fieldwork.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199689811
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2014
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Thieberger is a linguist who has worked with speakers of Warnman, from Western Australia and South Efate, a language from central Vanuatu. His grammar of South Efate broke new ground to include citable data linked to an archival version of the primary recordings. He is interested in developments in e-humanities methods and their potential to improve research practice, and is currently developing methods for creating reusable data sets from fieldwork on previously unrecorded languages. He is the project officer with the multi-institutional Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC.org.au), a databank that holds 3,000 hours of digitised audio files. He was an Assistant Professor in linguistics at the University of Hawai'i and is currently an Australian Research Council QEII Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Nicholas Thieberger
Part I: Data Collection and Management
1. Audio and Video Recording Techniques for Linguistic Research, Anna Margetts and Andrew Margetts
2. A Guide to Stimulus-based Elicitation for Semantic Cetegories, Asifa Majid
3. Morphosyntactic Analysis in the Field, a Guide to the Guides, Ulrike Mosel
4. Linguistic Data Management, Nicholas Thieberger and Andrea L. Berez
Part II: Recording Performance
5. Sociolinguistic Fieldwork, Miriam Meyerhoff, Chie Adachi, Golnaz Nanbakhsh, and Anna Strycharz
6. Reasons for Documenting Gestures and Suggestions for How to Go About It, Mandana Seyfeddinipur
7. Including Music and the Temporal Arts in Language Documentation, Linda Barwick
Part III: Collaborating With Other Disciplines
8. Anything Can Happen: the Verb Lexicon and Interdisciplinary Fieldwork, Nicholas Evans
9. Understanding Human Relations (kinship systems), Laurent Dousset
10. The Language of Food, Nancy J. Pollock
11. Botanical Collecting, Barry Conn
12. Ethnobiology - Basic Methods for Documenting Biological Knowledge Represented in Languages, Will McClatchey
13. Technology, Pierre Lemonnier
14. Fieldwork in Ethnomathematics, Marc Chemillier
15. Cultural Astronomy for Linguists, Jarita Holbrook
16. Geography - Documenting Terms for Landscape Features, Andrew Turk, David Mark, Carolyn O'Meara, and David Stea
17. Toponymy: Recording and Analysing Placenames in a Language Area, David Nash and Jane Simpson
Part IV: Collaborating With the Community
18. Ethical Issues in Linguistic Fieldwork, Keren Rice
19. Copyright and Other Legal Concerns, Paul Newman
20. Training Linguistics Students for the Realities of Fieldwork, Monica Macaulay
References
Index of names
Index of Topics

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