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.
|Paper title||Linguistic Fieldwork|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,142.40|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,661.93|
- LING 314
Must have passed LING314 Comparative Morphosyntax (or equivalent).
- Teaching staff
- 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.
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- 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.