LINGUIST List 12.364

Mon Feb 12 2001

Books: Study of Languages

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  1. Joyce Reid, Study of Languages: Linguistic Fieldwork by Newman & Ratliff (eds.)

Message 1: Study of Languages: Linguistic Fieldwork by Newman & Ratliff (eds.)

Date: 12 Feb 2001 10:50:09 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Study of Languages: Linguistic Fieldwork by Newman & Ratliff (eds.)

Linguistic Fieldwork
Paul Newman, Indiana University, Bloomington
Martha Ratliff, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

This collection of original essays on the practice of linguistic
fieldwork and language documentation by twelve leading field linguists
considers the study of languages in a natural setting. Drawing on
extensive research experience, the authors review those techniques
that work best in practice, and discuss a variety of relevant topics,
including the attitude of the linguist, the structure and content of
the work session, the varied roles of native speakers, and the
practical and personal challenges of doing research in an unfamiliar


Paul Newman, Martha Ratliff, Larry M. Hyman, Marianne Mithun, 
Gerrit J.Dimmendaal, Ken Hale, David Gil, Nancy C. Dorian, 
Shobhana L. Chelliah, Daniel L. Everett, Fiona McLaughlin, 
Thierno Seydou Sall, Ian Maddieson, Keren Rice, Nicholas Evans

Introduction Paul Newman and Martha Ratliff; 
1. Fieldwork as a state of mind Larry M. Hyman; 
2. Who shapes the record: the speaker and the linguist Marianne Mithun; 
3. Places and people: field sites and informants Gerrit J. Dimmendaal; 
4. Ulwa (Southern Sumu): the beginnings of a language research project 
 Ken Hale; 
5. Escaping Eurocentrism: fieldwork as a process of unlearning David Gil; 
6. Surprises in Sutherland: linguistic variability amidst social uniformity 
 Nancy C. Dorian; 
7. The role of text collection and elicitation in linguistic fieldwork 
 Shobhana L. Chelliah; 
8. Monolingual field research Daniel L. Everett; 
9. The give and take of fieldwork: noun classes and other concerns in Fatick, 
 Senegal Fiona McLaughlin and Thierno Seydou Sall; 
10.Phonetic Fieldwork Ian Maddieson; 
11.Learning as one goes Keren Rice; 
12.The last speaker is dead--long live the last speaker! Nicholas Evans.

2001/c. 320 pp./7 halftones/4 line diagrams/3 tables
0-521-66049-1/Hb/List: $69.95
0-521-66937-5/Pb/List: $24.95
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