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Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
    Pages 1-5
  3. Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
    Pages 7-31
  4. Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
    Pages 33-77
  5. Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
    Pages 79-92
  6. Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
    Pages 93-137
  7. Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
    Pages 139-159
  8. Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
    Pages 161-195
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    Pages 197-225
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    Pages 227-249
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    Pages 251-278
  12. Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
    Pages 279-356
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    Pages 357-412
  14. Shobhana L. Chelliah, Willem J. de Reuse
    Pages 413-448
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 449-492

About this book

Introduction

This handbook provides the most comprehensive reference on linguistic fieldwork on the market bringing together all the reader needs to carry out successful linguistic fieldwork. The book is based on the experiences of two veteran linguistic fieldworkers and advice from more than twenty active fieldwork researchers. They provide an encyclopedic review of current publications on linguistic fieldwork and offer a unique survey of past and present approaches and solutions to problems in the field. They also examine the historical, political, and social variables correlating with fieldwork in different areas of the world. The book includes information omitted in most other texts on the subject, such as the collection, representation, management, and methods of extracting grammatical information from discourse and conversational data. Extensive practical fieldwork tips are provided, as well as a handy sketch of major typological features for use in linguistic analysis.

Keywords

anthropology archiving bibliography chelliah colonialism community consultant corpus culture data collection data gathering data management descriptive dictionary discourse documentation elicitation endangered language ethnography field methods fieldwork ethics fieldwork session grammar history immersion fieldwork interview fieldwork intonation language analysis language data language documentation language preservation lexical lexicography linguistic fieldwork missionary morphology native speaker participant-observer philology phonemic analysis phonetic phonology pragmatics questionnaire recording reuse semantics semi-speakers shobhana tone typology urban fieldwork willem word list

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. English, Linguistics DivisionUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Dept. English, Linguistics DivisionUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

About the authors

Shobhana L. Chelliah is Associate Professor at the University of North Texas, Denton. Her expertise covers the following areas of the Linguistics field Language Documentation and Description, Tibeto-Burman Languages of North-east India, Indian English, World English, TESOL. Willem J. de Reuse is currently Adjunct Professor, University of North Texas, Denton.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork
  • Authors Shobhana L. Chelliah
    Willem J. de Reuse
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9026-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-9025-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9218-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-9026-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 492
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Linguistics, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The content of this book is also unique for several reasons… The depth of bibliographic coverage is simply impressive… This is an essential text for an fieldworker’s collection.” (Daniel Hieber, LinguistList, August 2011)

“The Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork is a manual for linguists … who travel to the ‘field’ to obtain data about a language other than their own. … this is a very useful book. Some areas of the book’s production, namely in its design and layout, deserve mention. … Overall, this is a valuable addition to the literature on fieldwork, and one that provides a useful resource for new fieldworkers negotiating the maze of field preparation and logistics.” (Claire Bowern, Language Documentation & Conservation, Vol. 6, 2012)