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LINGUIST List 18.505

Wed Feb 14 2007

Qs: Tips for Humid Fieldwork/Language Usage Between Friends

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        1.    Marine VUILLERMET, Tips for Humid Fieldwork
        2.    Carol Slater, Language Usage Between Friends

Message 1: Tips for Humid Fieldwork
Date: 12-Feb-2007
From: Marine VUILLERMET <marine.vuillermetuniv-lyon2.fr>
Subject: Tips for Humid Fieldwork

Dear linguists used to “humid-fieldwork”,

I am about to go to the field, which is located quite deep in the Amazonian
jungle in Bolivia… which means humidity and no electricity. This means hard
time for my computer (I still wonder if I should take it to the field) and
my (audio&video) recording material (no hesitation of course!).

I am very interested about sharing information on:
- preserving the material from humidity;
- the best way to have electricity to charge the batteries for the video
camera and the digital camera (solar panels –what brand- or a manual
charger –are there different kinds?)

Thank you for your help, I will send a summary of the answers.

Marine Vuillermet,
PhD student
DDL-CNRS / Université Lyon2.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description

Message 2: Language Usage Between Friends
Date: 09-Feb-2007
From: Carol Slater <cslateralma.edu>
Subject: Language Usage Between Friends

Dear Colleagues:

A student would like to investigate distinctive characteristics of language
use between good friends, especially ''code'' words that establish
boundaries against ''outsiders.'' We are aware of a literature comparing
encoding for self and other, research suggesting differences in type/token
ratio associated with a solidarity agenda, and the argot of criminal
communities, but nothing directly related to aspects of ''intimate''

Suggestions would be most appreciated.

Carol Slater
Department of Psychology
Alma College
Alma, MI 48801

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

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