Native Speakers and Fieldworkers

  • Shobhana L. Chelliah
  • Willem J. de Reuse


Having decided what language to work on and having arrived at the field site, the fieldworker must find native speakers to work with. Here are seven basic questions that s/he should consider when looking for speakers: 1. When should I begin looking for and hiring native speakers for fieldwork? 2. What is the role of each native speaker in my project? 3. What characteristics should the native speakers have? 4.How many speakers should I work with? 5. How do I maintain good relations with the native speakers I hire? 6. Do I have the needed permissions to work with native speakers? 7. What are my obligations towards speakers, and can I fulfill them?


Native Speaker Target Language Speech Community Language Teacher Good Consultant 
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  1. 1.University of North TexasDentonUSA

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