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Fieldwork

Keren Rice

in Linguistics

ISBN: 9780199772810
Published online October 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199772810-0015
Fieldwork

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When you hear the word “fieldwork,” you probably think of someone going to some remote location to study a language that has not been studied. That is one way of doing fieldwork, but it is not the only way. A common way of thinking about fieldwork today, adapted from discussion in the work of Claire Bowern, is that it involves the collection of accurate data on a language and working in an ethical manner with respect to the language, the community, and the profession: the goal is gaining a better understanding of the language and benefiting the community of speakers in ways that are of interest to that community at the time. While fieldwork is often said to be about collecting data in a natural environment, fieldwork is also often done outside the natural environment the language is used in. For instance, fieldwork might take place in a classroom, an office, or with an individual or group of speakers who use another language as their daily language. In common is the study of a language for analytic purposes, with appropriate attention to ethics.

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Anthropological Linguistics ; Language Families ; Psycholinguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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