By Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
This guide offers the main finished reference on linguistic fieldwork out there bringing jointly all of the reader must perform winning linguistic fieldwork. The booklet is predicated at the reviews of 2 veteran linguistic fieldworkers and recommendation from greater than twenty lively fieldwork researchers. they supply an encyclopedic evaluate of present courses on linguistic fieldwork and provide a distinct survey of prior and current ways and suggestions to difficulties within the box. additionally they study the old, political, and social variables correlating with fieldwork in numerous components of the area. The booklet comprises details passed over in such a lot different texts at the topic, akin to the gathering, illustration, administration, and techniques of extracting grammatical info from discourse and conversational info. broad functional fieldwork counsel are supplied, in addition to a convenient cartoon of significant typological beneficial properties to be used in linguistic analysis.
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Volume 6. London: School of Oriental and African Studies. , ed. 2010a. Language Documentation and Description. Volume 7. ) London: School of Oriental and African Studies. Austin, Peter K. 2010b. Current Issues in Language Documentation. In Language Documentation and Description, Vol. 7, ed. by Peter K. Austin, 1–3. London: School of Oriental and African Studies. , and Lenore Grenoble. 2007. Current Trends in Language Documentation. In Language Documentation and Description, Vol. 4, ed. by Peter K.
What we call “theory” in this section is generally called “formal linguistic theory”. The problem with the term “formal linguistic theory” is that it is understood to apply primarily to the Chomskyan paradigm, glossing over the fact that some functionalist theories are just as non-descriptive as Chomskyan formal linguistics. 8 22 2 Definition and Goals of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork Typological goals of fieldwork involve collecting data useful for identifying language universals (Abbi 2001, Evans and Dench 2006:5) or language particulars, also called rara (Ladefoged and Everett 1996; Everett 2004, 2005).
3 is provided here for philological and historical purposes, since very few missionaries compile catechisms these days, and no one compiles confessionals5 anymore. The design of catechisms and confessionals was an important fieldwork activity carried out by missionaries in Spanish America. Examples of “confesionarios” are García (1760) for Coahuilteco of South Texas, discussed in Troike (1996:644–45), Beeler (1967) for Ventureño Chumash of California; and Ruz and Birrichaga (1997:289–299) for Zoque of Chiapas, Mexico.