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LING 3377 Linguistic Analysis and Field Methods (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Analysis of a little-studied language through direct interaction with a native speaker: techniques for eliciting, transcribing, and interpreting linguistic data, some going back to the beginnings of Western language science, others employing modern technology.
Individually and in small groups, students analyze the sound patterns, words, syntax, and pragmatics of the target language, with some attention to cultural and ethnographic matters.
The course also addresses ethical issues involved in archiving linguistic materials, and the debate about language rights.
The identity of the target language varies from year to year (e.g. Austronesian, Dravidian, Vietnamese, Quechua).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: General Linguistics LING3101 (SL311) and at least one additional Linguistics course

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Comments: Course restricted to upper-level Linguists majors/minors and graduate students.
Seminar-style teaching method alternating with lectures.


Last Updated: 19-Feb-14