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Eliciting: Basic Morphology and Syntax

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Being able to ask intelligible questions about language is one of the most important skills a fieldworker can have. How do you learn to ask people who haven’t studied linguistics about their language? How do you interpret their answers and how do you frame questions in a way that they can answer?

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6.5.2 Further reading

  • Documentation/Description: Gippert, Himmelmann and Mosel (2006), Ameka, Dench and Evans (2006), Shopen (1985), Chelliah and de Reuse (2010).

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  • Elicitation: Kibrik (1977), Payne (1997), Samarin (1967), Sakel and Everett (2012).

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  • Interviewing: Patton (2002: ch 7).

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  • Stimulus materials: Bouquiaux and Thomas (1992), Vaux and Cooper (1999), MPI field manuals (fieldmanuals.mpi.nl). This book’s website has other links to online collections of materials.

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  • Grammaticality judgements: Schütze (1996), Schütze and Sprouse (2014).

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Bowern, C. (2015). Eliciting: Basic Morphology and Syntax. In: Linguistic Fieldwork. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137340801_6

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