- Teacher: Maria Biezma Garrido
- Teacher: Rajesh Bhatt
- Teacher: Mariam Asatryan
- Teacher: Kyle Johnson
- Teacher: Magda Oiry
The goals of this course are threefold. First, this course will provide students with (further) experience in the general task of investigating a language through one-on-one interviews with its speakers (i.e., ‘fieldwork’). Secondly, this course will allow students to gain extensive scholarly knowledge of an unfamiliar and (relatively) under-documented language. Thirdly, this course will provide introduction to and discussion of some more general topics and issues in the practice of linguistic fieldwork, such as (i) workflow and best practices, (ii) ethics, (iii) becoming involved with a community, and (iv) decolonialization and the historical legacy of the field.
Students will elicit, record and transcribe language data from the speaker of an unfamiliar, non-Indo-European language (Kazakh; Turkic), and will develop original, theoretically informed analyses of those data. Moreover, student work will highlight the ways in which the structure of the language informs current debates within linguistic theory.
The class as a whole will also work towards the creation of a publicly available language archive housing (i) the recordings collected during the semester and their transcriptions, (ii) an English-Kazakh dictionary, and (iii) the students’ final course projects.
- Teacher: Seth Cable