The course belongs to MA Programme Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age, to the module Studies in General Linguistics (LDA-G3100).
This is an elective course.
The course is available to students from other study tracks and other degree programmes.
Phonetics and Phonology (KIK-LG101), Morphology and Syntax (KIK-LG102), Semantics and Pragmatics (KIK-LG103) or equal courses.
African Linguistics (LDA-D3109), Altaic Linguistics (LDA-D3110), Indo-European Linguistics (LDA-D311).
Upon completing the course the students:
- are familiar with theoretical issues of linguistic fieldwork
- know how to use various methods and techniques for conducting linguistic fieldwork
- have an experience of working with a native speaker of initially unknown language
- are able to report on the results of their work with a native speaker
- are familiar with contemporary tools for recording, processing and archiving digital data
Fall term of first or second year of Master studies, periods 1-2. The course is offered at least every other year, usually in the fall term.
The course introduces students to theoretical, practical and ethical issues of language documentation and description. The general goal of the course is to learn how to conduct linguistic fieldwork and how to work with native speakers of a language. The course covers elicitation techniques, data management, ways of processing and analysing data, archiving and language revitalization. During the course the students will work with a native speaker of a particular language initially unknown to them. Contemporary tools for recording, processing and archiving digital data will also be learned.
Gippert Jost, Himmelmann Nikolaus P., and Mosel Ulrike. 2006: Essentials of language documentation. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter
Bowern, Claire. 2008. Linguistic Fieldwork: A practical guide. Palgrave Macmillan.
Student activities include:
- Participation in lecture sessions
- Participation in practical sessions (in groups)
- Hands-on exercises in/out of class
- Reading and discussing of seminal literature
The course will be graded basing on the results of the final project. The grading scale is 0-5.
The course is completed by attending a lecture course and by participating in practical sessions.