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    A practical course in language documentation and description. Working with a speaker of an unfamiliar language, students use techniques of linguistic analysis to describe the grammar, especially phonology and syntax.

    This paper will introduce students to the practical, ethical, and theoretical issues involved in documenting and analysing languages. Students have the opportunity to present their findings, and discuss their wider significance to the field of linguistics.

    About this paper

    Paper title Linguistic Fieldwork
    Subject Linguistics
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    LING 314

    Teaching staff

    Dr Simon Overall

    Paper Structure

    The paper consists of hands-on experience in techniques for collection and analysis of data, including discussion of analyses and their significance.


    No required text, readings will be assigned.
    Recommended text: Payne, Thomas E. 1997. Describing Morphosyntax. Cambridge University Press.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Critical thinking, Information Literacy, Scholarship, Communication, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Lifelong Learning.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Be familiar with techniques for collecting linguistic data
    • Apply principles for analysis of data, consistent with established conventions
    • Recognise the significance of data in relation to wider concerns of the field as a whole


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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