A Manual of Linguistic Field Work and Indian Language Structures

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This is a manual on linguistic field methodology with special reference to Indian language structures. It covers all that one needs to know about eliciting data from native speaker informants of South Asian languages. The book contains step by step information about collection, collation, analysis, description, presentation and explanation of linguistic data. The author has drawn a large number of first-hand collected examples from lesser-known and 'tribal' languages of India to expose the readers to the variety and diversity of linguistic data available in the subcontinent. In addition to the discussion on elicitation on phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and sociolinguistic information, the author has discussed the linguistic characteristic features of each language family of India. The book makes the reader aware of areal features of the languages under consideration and the contact phenomena to facilitate fieldwork. Each topic is followed by the 'elicitation tips' and interrogation techniques for the field worker as well as practical issues, problems and solutions as regards collection of data. Sets of questionnaires on commonly investigated topics are included in the 'appendix' to facilitate field worker to come to grips with the theoretical and structural aspects of languages in general and Indian languages in specific. Numerous figures, maps and tables.

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Abbi, Anvita
Published by LINCOM (2001)
ISBN 10: 3895864013 ISBN 13: 9783895864018
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Book Description LINCOM, 2001. Softcover. Book Condition: Neu. Dust Jacket Condition: Gut. 1. Auflage. This is a manual on linguistic field methodology with special reference to Indian language structures. It covers all that one needs to know about eliciting data from native speaker informants of South Asian languages. The book contains step by step information about collection, collation, analysis, description, presentation and explanation of linguistic data. The author has drawn a large number of first-hand collected examples from lesser-known and 'tribal' languages of India to expose the readers to the variety and diversity of linguistic data available in the subcontinent. In addition to the discussion on elicitation on phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and sociolinguistic information, the author has discussed the linguistic characteristic features of each language family of India. The book makes the reader aware of areal features of the languages under consideration and the contact phenomena to facilitate fieldwork. Each topic is followed by the 'elicitation tips' and interrogation techniques for the field worker as well as practical issues, problems and solutions as regards collection of data. Sets of questionnaires on commonly investigated topics are included in the 'appendix' to facilitate field worker to come to grips with the theoretical and structural aspects of languages in general and Indian languages in specific. Numerous figures, maps and tables. Table of Contents: 1 Linguistic Fieldwork and the Indian Scene 1.1 All about Linguistic Field Research 1.1.1 Field Linguistics as an Input System to other fields 1.1.2 What does it involve? 1.1.3 Participatory in character 1.1.4 Theory independent 1.2 The Composition of the Language Scene in India 1.2.1. The Constitution 1.2.2. The Minority languages 1.3 The Hierarchical Structure of Indian Society 1.4 Bilingualism and Indian Society 1.4.1 The Rural Scene 1.4.2 The Urban Scene 1.4.3 Mahanagar (The Cosmopolitan cities of India) 1.4.4 Bilingualism and Education 1.4.5 Language Loyalty, Language Shift And Language Adoption 1.5. The Contact Languages of India 1.5.1 All India 1.5.2 Our field experience 1.5.3 Other Studies 2 Indian languages and India as a Linguistic Area 2.1 Individual Language Features 2.1.1 Indo-Aryan 2.1.2 Dravidian 2.1.3 Austro-Asiatic 2.1.4 Tibeto-Burman 2.1.5 Andamanese 2.2 Areal Typology of Indian Languages 2.2.1 Sound System 2.2.2 Morphology 2.2.3 Syntax and Semantics 2.2.4 Discourse Strategies 3 The Preparation 3.0 The first Stage 3.1. Budgeting and reservation 3.1.l Travel 3.1.2 Board and Lodging 3.1.3 Remuneration for the Informants 3.1.4 Communication Network charges 3.1.5 Stationary 3.1.6 Equipment and Accessories 3.1.7 Data Processing 3.1.8 Word Processing/Typing 3.1.9 Reprographic Services/Xeroxing 3.1.10 Printing 3.1.11 Books and Journals 3.1.12 Contingencies 3.1.13 Overheads 3.2 Your Luggage 3.2.1 Materials to Take Along 3.2.2 Dress Code 3.3 Ethnic, Linguistic, Social, Political and Economic Status of The Informants/Area to be studied 3.3.1 Literature study 3.3.2 Ethnology 3.3.3 Language study in big cities 3.4 Field Work in the Class room 3.5 Preparation of the Questionnaire 3.5.1 Goals should be clear 3.5.2 Each questionnaire should be numbered. 3.5.3 Language of the Questionnaire 3.5.4 Length of the questionnaire 3.5.5 Information regarding the informant 3.6 Contacts in the field 3.7 The Second Stage: In the field 3.7.1 What Language to Use for Eliciting Data? 3.8 Choosing Informants 3.8.1 Begin at School 3.8.2 Avoid a Language Teacher 3.8.3. Choose Both Male and Female Informants 3.8.4. Choose All Age Groups But Not Below Twelve 3.8.5. Choose All Sections of the Stratified Society 3.8.6 One Willing Informant is Better Than Ten Unwilling Ones 3.9 The Role of the Interpreter 3.10 Your Own Behaviour in the Field 3.10.1 The Investigator 3.11 Being a woman is a Blessing 4 Elicitation 4.1. Various Methods 4.1.1 Observation Method 4.1.2 Interview Method 4.1.3 Sending Questionnaire Method 4.1.4 Documentary Source Method 4.2 Interview. Bookseller Inventory # B-9783895864018

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