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LINGUIST List 16.3066

Mon Oct 24 2005

Qs: Fieldwork Time in Grammar Writing; James Bostain

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        1.    Daniel Everett, Fieldwork Time in Grammar Writing
        2.    Thomas Getzendanner, James Bostain

Message 1: Fieldwork Time in Grammar Writing
Date: 23-Oct-2005
From: Daniel Everett <everetteva.mpg.de>
Subject: Fieldwork Time in Grammar Writing


I would like to know how much time experienced linguists believe should be
budgeted by prospective fieldworkers for field research. Therefore, if you
have written a grammar or a dictionary of a language or languages - based
on your own field research - I would be very grateful if you could let me
know how much time in the field/community working with language teachers
you invested. Also, if you have opinions on how long the field research
should take, i.e. if you believe that your own situation was less than
ideal, I would appreciate receiving those opinions as well. Finally, I
would also like to know how many hours a day you worked with language
teachers in the field and how many hours a day you spent on data processing
and analysis.

Answers to all or a subset of the above questions would be very much
appreciated. I will post a summary if there is a sufficient number of
responses. Also, please let me know if you would prefer that your answers
remain anonymous.

Thanks in advance,

Dan Everett
Professor, School of Languages, Linguistics, and Cultures
University of Manchester
Visiting Scientist
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Linguistics
Deutscher Platz 6
01403 Leipzig, Germany


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Message 2: James Bostain
Date: 20-Oct-2005
From: Thomas Getzendanner <tk782bellsouth.net>
Subject: James Bostain

About 25 years ago Dr. James Bostain presented a series of public televsion
lectures on Linguistics in the Baltimore/Washington area. He introduced himself
as a "scientific linguist." He also mentioned that he was employed by the
Federal Government. I do not recall the agency or department. Would you have
any idea what became of him? I vividly recall his informative and unique style
of explaining Linguistics. It would be interesting to know what published work
he has done. He is not listed among the current roster of Linguists on the
LINGUIST web site.

Thomas Getzendanner

(Vero Beach, FL)

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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