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A practical introduction to the means by which linguists obtain raw linguistic data from some language and begin the task of describing and analysing its structure.
This course is an introduction to linguistic field methods – the means by which linguists obtain raw linguistic data from some language and begin the task of describing and analysing its structure. The course gives students the opportunity to put into practice and to refine what they have previously learned about linguistics. This ‘hands-on’ involvement with analysing a language is a bit like the sort of on-the job training that is otherwise hard to come by in academic settings, and the students typically find this course an exciting and enriching experience.Working on a regular basis with a speaker of a language not previously studied by the class participants, students together analyse the phonology, grammar and vocabulary of the language.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Subject to approval of the Programme Director.
Linguistic fieldwork : a practical guide;
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Payne, Thomas E;
Describing morphosyntax: a guide for field linguists;
Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Domestic fee $1,502.00
International fee $6,100.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.