LING407-12W (C) Whole Year 2012

Field Methods

0.2500 EFTS
20 Feb 2012 - 11 Nov 2012

Description

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.

Pre-requisites

Subject to approval of the Programme Director.

Lectures
Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Friday 10:00am-12:00pm Logie 517 20 Feb - 1 Apr,
23 Apr - 3 Jun,
9 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct

Course Coordinator

Heidi Quinn

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Session Management 10%
Toolbox Data Management 10%
Phonetics/phonology chapter draft 20%
Peer review of independent research 10%
Independent Research Project 50%

Textbooks

Required Texts

Bowern, Claire; Linguistic fieldwork : a practical guide; Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Recommended Reading

Payne, Thomas E; Describing morphosyntax: a guide for field linguists; Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Fees

Domestic fee $1,502.00

International fee $6,100.00

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences on the department and colleges page.

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