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This book describes methods for doing fieldwork on language. It grew out of a need for a text which would be useful both to new fieldworkers in linguistics and linguistic anthropology and to students in field methods classes. Although elicitation strategies and data processing are the focus of a field methods class, in the field there are many more skills needed than just data collection, and it may well be that linguistics is the least of the fieldworker’s worries. This book aims to bridge the gap between the linguistics of fieldwork and the other tasks that lead to the smooth running of a project, such as grant writing procedures, ethics and living in the field.

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1.7.2 Further reading

  • Experimentation: Cameron et al. (1992), and Kibrik (1977). See also Rieschild (2003), Stebbins (2003), Wilkins (1992) and the papers in Podesva and Sharma (2014).

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  • Ethnography/Anthropological fieldwork: Agar (1996), Bernard (2006), Ellen (1984: Ch3), Fife (2005) and Chelliah (2014). See also Clifford and Marcus (1986) and Duranti (2001).

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  • Fieldwork in sociolinguistics: Milroy (1980, 1987), Coupland and Jaworski (1997:Part II), Feagin (2004) and Johnstone (2000).

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  • Language documentation: Himmelmann (1996, 1998) and Woodbury (2003).

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  • Other field methods books: Abbi (2001), Bouquiaux and Thomas (2001), Chelliah and de Reuse (2010), Crowley (2007), Everett (2007), Sakel and Everett (2012), Gippert et al. (2006), Newman and Ratliff (2001), Thieberger (2011) and Vaux and Cooper (1999). Earlier works: Samarin (1967), Craig (1979), Kibrik (1977), Hale (1965) and Nida (1947).

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  • Role of theory: Singleton and Straits (2005: ch 10) and Green and Morgan (1996).

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  • Interdisciplinary fieldwork: Thieberger (2011) contains a number of chapters aimed at getting language data in an interdisciplinary context (for example, for anthropological, ethnomusicological or ethnobiological research).

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Bowern, C. (2015). Introduction. In: Linguistic Fieldwork. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137340801_1

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