Anthropological Linguistic Field Methods
Fall 2002
Dr. MJ Hardman

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Fall 2000

The basic skill of any linguist is to discover structure in language. In this course you will learn how to do that by discovering structure in a language you do not know, starting only with paper and pencil, listening to and interacting with a native speaker of that language. You will learn how to construct questions that leave the answer open. You will learn how to avoid predetermining answers. You will learn how to avoid distorting data. You will learn how to make preliminary analyses, and then how to test those analyses, and then how to make new and different analyses. Then you will learn how to write up your early discoveries so that the material is available to other scholars. In all of this you will learn, in detail, how good ethics and good science mutually imply each other, that your science is a human science, human beings learning together with other human beings.

(available at Custom Copies and Textbooks)
Hardman, MJ and Hamano, Syoko Saito Language Structure Discovery Methods Andean Press: Gainesville, FL, 4th edition 1995


Hardman, MJ  Field Methods

Bohannan, Laura  Hamlet and the Tiv

Supplies: scratch paper for in?class transcription drills or drills with classmates
yellow legal pad for initial consultant elicitation
flash slips of scrap paper for initial memorizing of each session
permanent filebook — sewn, not spiral
box(es) for playfile
3x5 slips (several thousand)
3x5 cards (hundred or so)
variable index tabs in as many colors as possible
— the kind that can be cut into varying lengths
minimum of 3 writing colors (black, green, red recommended)
if you have access to a Macintosh and the Filemaker program (University of Florida has it) then I can supply you with the layouts necessary to do some of the filing on the computer. We may also attempt to use the Shoebox program, now available for both Macintosh & IBM. Computer use is optional.

Problems will be assigned out of the book
Primary focus will be on the discovery of the structure of a language of our choosing.
Papers: Two papers, one a phonemic statement, due in approximately 6 weeks; one a grammatical statement due the first day of test week.

Week One
- Read all the preliminary materials and Chapter 1 and work through Chapter 2
- Work all problems in Chapter 3

Week Two
- Read and work all problems in Chapter 4
- Jaqaru, Tokyo and Quichua Problem sets Chapter 5

Week Three
- Read Chapter 6
- Begin elicitation with consultant

Weeks Four and Five Continue elicitation/analysis with consultant

Week Six Continue elicitation/analysis with consultant
-Read Chapter 8 in preparation for writing paper

Week Seven Continue elicitation/analysis with consultant
- Hand in Phonology paper
- Read Chapter 7 in preparation for grammatical analysis

Weeks Eight - Twelve Continue elicitation/analysis with consultant

Week Thirteen Continue elicitation/analysis with consultant
- Read Concluding remarks and all appendices

Week Fourteen Continue elicitation/analysis with consultant
Week Fifteen Continue elicitation/analysis with consultant

Week Sixteen
 -Hand in grammatical statement paper

Test Week: Final meeting to discuss paper with consultant

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